I’ve driven a Tesla Model 3 (Long Range, AWD) since October 2018 and have travelled in my car over 15,000km in that time. I’m a long-time believer in the electrification of the passenger and commercial transportation industry and all the advantages that brings. Be it as a tool to combat climate change, promote innovation in automotive development and design, and provide a means to a cleaner and quieter mode of getting around. I’m a passionate advocate for electric vehicle adoption and I hope you can join us at one of our events or join our club and become a member to learn more!
I have always been passionate about preserving and protecting the natural world. As a mechanic and automotive enthusiast, I became interested in electric transportation around 10 years ago after a test ride at a local event, I was hooked. Our family now has its own EV (2018 Model 3) and we hope to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels over time while also helping others do the same.
I have driven EVs for four years and put 40,000 km on them. I started with a 2015 Fiat 500e and then over the course of 2021 when I owned a used EV dealership, I regularly drove Nissan Leafs and Chevy Bolts. Now I am the proud owner of a 2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range. What I like most about EVs are zero tailpipe emissions, very low fuel costs, and the quiet driving experience. I’m never going back to ICE.
Joined SaskEV in the spring of 2018 shortly after acquiring his first electric vehicle, a Nissan Leaf. He currently drives a Tesla Model 3 and has driven more than 100,000 kilometers on electricity since making the switch to an EV. He is anxiously awaiting a Cybertruck to start electrifying his construction company’s vehicle fleet. Some of his favourite parts of owning an EV are being able to refuel at home, instant heat in winter, insane performance, and experiencing the latest advancements in technology. Russ is currently serving as Treasurer for SaskEV.
Concern for the environment prompted my search for a means of transportation that would leave a smaller footprint. In 2018 I took possession of a Tesla Model 3 (blue – colour counts). I joined the SaskEV Board because it is an organization commitment to furthering the conversation around transitioning to electric vehicles.
Charge Network Coordinator
When I was 12, I started dreaming of an electric car. I had learned that they were many times more efficient than gas. I knew the oil refinery on 11th Street was ugly, dirty and stinky. I did not like it. I did not understand why people were not driving electric. Now that I am in my 60s, I enjoy my all electric Chevrolet Bolt very much.
We entered the EV world in 2018 in a small way with a Prius C hybrid. That got us thinking more about the many reasons to move towards an electric vehicle, and by 2020 we were considering getting a new car. We had almost decided to get a Prius Prime PHEV. Then we took another look at BEVs and quite fell in love with and purchased a 2015 BMW i3 with range extender. We liked everything about that little car and believe it to be a super city or commuter vehicle with but one problem – lack of range. In March 2022 we traded in the i3 for a Hyundai Ioniq 5, which has a decent range and so far seems to be a great car. We would not consider purchasing another ICE vehicle.
Secretary and Communications Coordinator
Burning fossil fuels is the principal cause of dangerous climate change, so this is why electrification of transportation is so important. I have always been a “car guy” and I will likely own some Internal Combustion Engines (ICEs) for the rest of my life, but we try to do most of our activities without burning fossil fuels. Enjoying fossil fuels in moderation and appreciating those moments while doing most of my commuting using electricity makes sense. Our commuting using the EVs saves us 75% of the operating costs and there is much less maintenance. Our family has a 2017 Chev Bolt bought used and a 2019 Hyundai Kona EV. We started with a 2013 Nissan Leaf also bought used. We have driven over 125,000kms on electricity through four Saskatchewan winters. EVs are ready now and most people don’t realize how much better they truly are than the ICE machines.