Measurable Change for a Lighter Footprint

With a background in engineering, Holden is someone who enjoys digging into the details. He has an interest in how lifestyle choices impact the planet. Every personal choice adds up and creates a carbon footprint. When we’re mindful of these impacts, we can make better choices and ultimately, reduce carbon emissions.

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Knowing that personal vehicle transport is a huge source of GHG emissions, Holden first made the switch to electric when he purchased a 2016 Nissan Leaf.  Why did he choose an electric vehicle and become an early adopter? He felt that our individual choices could make an immediate difference, and was keen to take action.

In the last few years, Holden has noticed a shift toward mass EV adoption, particularly in British Columbia. The industry has created a stable base with better batteries and an extensive charging grid. Electric vehicles are becoming a viable and cost-effective option for many drivers, especially those who drive at least 40,000 kilometres per year. The payback for investing in an EV takes only 4 to 5 years for most.

Based in Squamish with a young family in tow, he walks or bikes when he can. He loves driving electric and now owns a Tesla Model Y for work-related commutes to Vancouver or around town with multiple tiny humans where a bike isn’t feasible. In Squamish, about 30 per cent of the workforce commutes on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Over 50 per cent of GHG emissions in both Squamish and Whistler is due to personal vehicle use. It is possible to dramatically reduce your personal footprint by switching from gas to an electric vehicle.

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