The Tesla Owners Club of British Columbia recently held its first rally, lunch and fundraiser in Hope, BC on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Many owners met early in Vancouver and enjoyed a scenic drive to Hope on Highway 7. Others joined from Kamloops and other parts of British Columbia. A total of 22 Tesla and more than 32 people attended.
As part of the fundraiser element of the rally, the club requested participants donate to our ‘charger fund’, for the supply and installation of public Level 2 charge equipment in needy areas of the province. The first location identified is Cache Creek, BC. With funds raised and a donated Tesla Wall Connector from Tesla Motors, we will approach the Village of Cache Creek with our offer of equipment and installation cost assistance.
Members want all EV owners travelling through the Cache Creek area to have more charging options, as well as a backup to the existing privately-owned infrastructure in the Village. The ability to charge in Cache Creek better enables EV drivers to travel the popular route from Hope to Williams Lake via the Fraser Canyon.
Member response to the event was great. In addition to club members, the general public also came out to look at the cars and talk to the owners. The Hope Visitor Centre rolled out their “red carpet treatment” as they do for special guests and the mayor, Wilfried Vicktor, stopped by and thanked us for visiting. The owners gathered and socialized for an hour before lunch, raising over $3,200 in cash donations, in addition to labour and materials at cost from a local electric vehicle equipment installation company. This, along with the Tesla donation of a Wall Connector, will ensure that the Village of Cache Creek can be equipped with two charge units as a result of this event alone!
Rolly’s Restaurant graciously accommodated our numbers for a delicious lunch, and we thank them for their hospitality and patience in sorting out the bills!. Many members were unaware that Rolly’s existed, so they now have an additional option for a snack or meal while charging in Hope.
Our club looks forward to continuing to assist in the electrification of our provincial transportation network. And of course, educating the public on the advantages of Electric Vehicles and Tesla specifically.