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Plugged In connects you to the ever-expanding Canadian electric vehicle network, featuring in-depth interviews with experts, engineers and everyday EV owners from across the country and from around the world. Hosted by Postmedia Driving senior editor Andrew McCredie, Plugged In updates once a week.

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Plugged In connects you to the ever-expanding Canadian electric vehicle network, featuring in-depth interviews with experts, engineers and everyday EV owners from across the country and from around the world. Hosted by Postmedia Driving senior editor Andrew McCredie, Plugged In updates once a week.

    Celebrating Everything Electric

    Celebrating Everything Electric

    Misinformation. Add that to hunger, thirst and war as existential threats to our survival. In this age of dubious news sources, weaponized artificial intelligence and bad state actors, society has never been so polarized. 
    That’s certainly true of the electric vehicle segment, where bogus studies from both sides of the issue muddy the waters and further confuse consumers. Our guest Dan Caesar, and the team he leads at Fully Charged and Everything Electric, has made it a career to provide honest reporting and balanced viewpoints to the pressing issue of sustainable living, driving and, well, existing. 
    We start off with a chat about the past, present and future of EVs then transition to discussing the upcoming Everything Electric Show, taking place in Vancouver in early September. And at the end of the episode, which marks the end of Season 8 of Plugged In, Andrew provides a code to get you 20 per cent off tickets.
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    • 34 min
    Charging up on sun power

    Charging up on sun power

    Just as electric vehicles are seen as a sustainable solution to the world’s transportation needs, solar energy is considered essential to achieving our planet’s clean energy needs. 
    Which makes the combination of the two seem only natural. That’s certainly what GoSun founder and CEO Patrick Sherwin thought, and the result is a clever, roof-mounted and expandable solar power panel that plugs directly into the vehicle that is carrying it. 
    It’s an obvious solution for off-grid camping, van lifers and work sites, but it’s also an elegant solution of using the sun’s rays to charge up your car’s battery pack.
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    • 31 min
    The wheels of the EV school bus go round and round

    The wheels of the EV school bus go round and round

    User-case is a term often associated with electric vehicles, as while some people’s needs and requirements of a vehicle can be perfectly suited to an EV, others will find major shortfalls in going all-electric. 
    The same is true for heavy trucks and buses, and one of the clear winning user cases for an EV bus is the variety that picks up and drops off school children. To prove that point, Ontario-based Pollution Probe teamed with several partners on the Calgary Electric School Bus Pilot Program. 
    The eight-month, real-world test saw an all-electric Blue Bird bus do daily routine routes for a number of months in Calgary. Most importantly, many of those school days were in the depths of a Prairie winter, so the findings are relevant for many school districts across Canada. Our guest on today’s Plugged In podcast is Cedric Smith, Pollution Probe’s director of transportation and one of the key players in the pilot program.
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    • 28 min
    Converting classics to all-electric

    Converting classics to all-electric

    It all started in the depths of Covid, when Sloane Paul wanted to make her classic Bronco more ‘driver-friendly,’ and not so loud. But when she searched for a company that could convert her beautiful truck into an electric vehicle near her Toronto home, she came up empty handed. 
    The entrepreneur in her sensed an opportunity, and after convincing her clever brother Tom Chep to join forces with her and figure out how to turn the Bronco into an EV, the duo created a company to do just that for others who want the benefits of an EV powertrain — smooth, quiet, easy to drive — combined with the sentimentality of a classic vehicle.
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    • 32 min
    Tesla talk, myth busting and new EVs

    Tesla talk, myth busting and new EVs

    Ken Bokor is the host of the EV Revolution Show on YouTube, and for years has done some of the most in-depth sales tracking of electric vehicles in Canada. He’s also a loud and proud Tesla, owner and while he does see some logic to the recent upheavals to the automaker’s workforce and operating environment, he can’t help but admit he is a little concerned about the direction Elon Musk is taking the company. 

    Ken remains bullish about EV adoption in Canada, and to prove the point lists off a number of coming-soon EVs as proof that global automakers are far from folding the tent when it comes to all-electrics.
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    • 40 min
    Going with the Flo

    Going with the Flo

    We’re kicking off Season 8 of the Plugged In podcast with guest Nathan Yang, the Vice-President and Chief Product Officer for Flo, a Quebec-based company that has installed over 100,000 public, private and residential EV chargers since its founding in 2009.
    We begin with a birds-eye view of Canada’s public charging network — the successes, failures and possible solutions — then dive into on how Flo is playing a part, along with a number of other charging solution companies, in expanding and improving the public charging infrastructure across North America.
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    • 38 min

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