Almost from the moment we left Calgary, the trip underlined how Alberta lags behind EV adoption and infrastructure development in some other parts of Canada. There were far more Teslas on the roads of metropolitan Vancouver than you’ll see in Calgary, with plenty of Hyundai Kona EVs, Nissan Leafs and others too. That’s no doubt related in part to the BC provincial purchase incentives that have not been replicated in Alberta, with the result that auto makers have hitherto concentrated their limited Canadian stocks of EVs and PHEVs in incentivized markets.
We didn’t go out of our way to keep the battery charged – the Pacifica Hybrid isn’t fast-charge capable and in our rush to pack for the last-minute trip, we left our charging cable at home! But as you can see below, we were able to use the free Parks Canada EV parking/recharging spots in the centre of Banff for a quick top-up while we had dinner, and recharge overnight in the basement parking lot of our Vancouver hotel. It all helps.
Incidentally, I correlated the in-car consumption gauge with a calculation from our actual quantity of gas bought (202L/53 gallons US), and the figure was spot-on.
Safe to say that fuel savings aside, the Pacifica Hybrid made for a fantastic companion on our trip. This was by far the furthest we’d ever driven it – after a year of going nowhere much, we increased the car’s overall mileage by about 25% – and it was flawless. The quietness and comfort on those long highway stretches was very welcome and the kids were kept entertained by the Uconnect Theater screens. Meanwhile the trunk swallowed everything we threw at it while still leaving decent rear visibility.
We were in and out of the car a lot during our time camping in Chemainus, BC, not least because the food had to be kept out of reach of the wildlife. In a bid to avoid disturbing our neighbours, I discovered that the warning chime from the closing tailgate can be disabled through the Settings app. While in that menu I also realized that the remote door unlocking can be switched to a single press of the fob for all doors, which is handier than multiple presses in my opinion. It was a reminder that I still have lots to learn about this car.
Please look out for my next blog soon, where I’ll be taking a closer look at the new Pacifica AWD. Thanks for reading!