On the Road to Savings

Based in Squamish, Sarah logs a lot of kilometres for her commute and her time at work.  She drives up and down the Sea to Sky highway 5 times per week for work and often on weekends for play.  Depending on the day, she may work in Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie, so her round trip can be over 200 km.  Working in health care, she must be on the road no matter the weather. Some winter days require a white-knuckle drive through sudden storms, icy conditions, and dark evenings.

Her older-model gas-powered car wasn’t making this commute any easier.  With gas prices rising, she was logging between $500 – 700 per month in fuel costs related to her commute. Maintenance costs were also becoming unpredictable, with some unexpected expenses and repairs putting pressure on her savings.  Feeling frustrated and fed up, she decided on a whim to sell her gas guzzler and purchase an EV!

Sarah purchased a new Chevrolet Bolt a few years ago and hasn’t looked back. She took advantage of the government incentives to purchase it new. Now, her maintenance costs are negligible – mainly just replacing worn tires. She often stops at public charging stations between appointments which is ideal since her condo does not currently have an EV charger. Though her partner has another vehicle, they prefer to use the EV for skiing and other adventures on the weekends.  Winter driving can be unpredictable, but her car is responsive to changing conditions and she feels safe on the road. She has also learned how to plan for longer road trips and loves the EV experience travelling across BC.



Recent #LiveElectric stories

January 6, 2021

Family Commuting with an Affordable Electric Vehicle

Michelle discovered that used electric vehicles were available and were perfect for city-dwellers who desire affordable commuter vehicles. The kids were completely sold on clean energy, and pushed their parents to make the change […]

November 17, 2022

The electric vehicle ownership journey

Larry’s journey through electric vehicle ownership has been a path from plug-in hybrid to fully electric, to charging infrastructure research for condo buildings and now educating other drivers who want to go electric.

November 9, 2022

A DOGgone good reason to go electric

Danielle trains guide-dogs and lives in Duncan, BC. In 2019, she decided to buy an electric vehicle. She researched cost-of-ownership and believed that her yearly operating costs would be reduced.

November 10, 2021

Measurable Change for a Lighter Footprint

The payback for investing in an EV takes only 4-5 years for most. Holden is based in Squamish and first made the switch to electric when he purchased a 2016 Nissan Leaf. He loves driving electric and now owns a Tesla Model Y.