Kia Canada is launching an “EV Experience Centre” in the heart of downtown Vancouver, B.C., so consumers can learn about the different types of electrified vehicles, including chargers, government incentives, and the benefits of driving an EV.
“Making the transition to an EV can be daunting. A lot of questions surface for the average consumer,” said Mark Ahnert, Dealer Principal, Vancouver Downtown Kia. “The EV Experience Centre serves an important purpose to answer these questions and educate the public about the benefits of electric vehicles.”
The centre was created as a user-friendly space designed specifically to answer questions about life with an EV. Consumers can pre-book a 90-minute visit and will be greeted by one of Kia’s “EVisors”—an EV educator that will guide them through an immersive experience.
The tour includes The Kia Innovation Story Wall, which explores the history and future of mobility technology; the Chargehub kiosk, where they will get to look at various charger hardware and how to navigate public charging networks; and the Total Cost of Ownership kiosk, where the educator outlines all associated costs of owning an EV, potential savings, and any available federal and provincial incentives.
“The future of the automotive industry is electric, and with Kia Canada introducing seven all-new plug-in hybrid or dedicated electric models by 2025, the EV Experience Centre will offer the public an EV learning opportunity like no other,” said Elias El-Achhab, Chief Operations Officer, Kia Canada.
Downtown Kia helped invest in the centre, while sponsors RBC, BMO and Kia Finance supported the initiative.