February 27

Electric City at the 2023 Canadian International Autoshow

By Steph C. & A.J.Lam

Electric City is an exciting and new feature at the 2023 Canadian International AutoShow.

The use of electric transportation and electric vehicles (EVs) is growing ever popular. Guided by experts, a two-lap spin around the largest indoor EV test track in Canada is an opportunity not to be missed.  

AutoShow attendees can test drive one of 19 EVs from nine automotive brands inside the 70,000-square-foot indoor EV Test Track. Vehicles available for test drive include the Cadillac LYRIQ, Chevrolet Bolt, Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kona, Kia Niro and EV6, Nissan ARIYA, Subaru Solterra, Lexus NX Hybrid, Toyota Rav4 Prime PHEV and bZ4X and the VinFast VF8.

The Vietnamese carmaker, VinFast, was established in 2017. It debuted in Canada about a year ago, and is showcasing its electric vehicles at the Canadian International Autoshow. Its full lineup of electric SUVs can be experienced in the South Building of the Convention Center.

In addition to EVs, a range of electric bikes from Amego EV and SARIT (Safe Affordable Reliable Innovative Transport) are available for guests to try at the indoor micro-mobility test track in the North Building. 

The first electric outdoor adventure vehicle, an off-road camper with an integrated full-size bed and a small kitchen with water storage, from the Canadian company, Potential Motors, is available for visitors to explore.

Other creative electric transportation innovations such as self-propelled AI strollers from Vancouver-based company, Gluxkind, and LoopX AI, founded by students at the University of Waterloo, which is an AI-powered autonomous solution for robot deliveries are also on display.

EV sales in Canada are taking off as the Canadian government has mandated that all new vehicles sold in the country by 2035 be zero-emission. Experts from the EV Test Track sponsor, Plug’n Drive, are ready to answer questions about the process of switching to a fully electric vehicle.

If you are 21 years of age or older with a valid full-class driver’s license head on to test drive an EV at the Canadian International Autoshow, which runs until February 26th, 2023, at the Metro Toronto Convention Center.