Test Drive an Electric Vehicle

Four drive events are taking place next door to a Library

Satisfy your EV curiosity

Electric vehicles (EVs) run and perform differently than the fuel-based cars. With the push to switch to EVs and our general lack of familiarity, many drivers are curious. How quickly can an EV accelerate? How quiet is its motor? 

Before drivers buy into the move toward EVs, a test drive can answer many questions.

Powered by the municipality

As you know, the Halifax Regional Municipality has a climate action plan - HalifACT, opens a new window - and one identified solution to slowing climate change is switching to electric vehicles.

To help energize interest in EVs by community members, the municipality has partnered with Next Ride, opens a new window and the Clean Foundation, opens a new window to host a long list of free test drive events.

Some of these next rides are next door to branches of Halifax Public Libraries.

Book a seat behind the wheel

Test drive events are free and open to everyone with a valid drivers license. Passengers are welcome, too, if aged 12 years or more. The complete event schedule includes 18 locations and runs from May 18 to July 14.

To make the experience smooth for Library visitors, we have pulled from the list of test-drive events all of the opportunities taking place next door to the Library.

See below and mark your calendar with two dates: the date for registering and the date for the event at your ideal location.

As the municipality has instructed, "Registration will open two weeks prior to each event, and participants are strongly encouraged to register online for the location they wish to attend."

EV detailing

The promise of each event is that you get the information you need:

  • a test drive to get a feel for it.
  • information to know more about this type of vehicle.
  • instruction to access rebates.
  • heads about future plans coming out of the Municipal Electric Vehicle Strategy.

Cool fact: "Many of the events will take place next to the future locations of the municipality’s electric vehicle chargers. Both the test drive events and the future installation of 18 chargers across the region are in support of the Municipal Electric Vehicle Strategy and efforts to support the decarbonization of transportation."

Drive events next door to a Library:

40 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth
Wednesday, June 14 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Captain William Spry Community Centre, 16 Sussex Street, Halifax
Thursday, June 15 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Canada Games Centre, 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax (Keshen Goodman Public Library is across the street)
Sunday, June 25 - 3 to 6 p.m.

Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth
Friday, July 14 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can't make one these times? There are 11 more opportunities. To see a list of all events, visit halifax.ca/EV, opens a new window.

This news post is a part of the Library's commitment to be a resource for climate action, opens a new window for everyone.