Organizers of the 2019 Comox Valley Move2Electric car and bike show had expected about 300 people to show up at the Comox Valley Sports Centre parking lot.
By the end of the day, an estimated 1,400 people attended the inaugural event that featured a variety of zero-emission vechicles.
“It was a huge success that led to an increase of sales of e-bikes and electric cars in the Valley,” said Helen Boyd, co-ordinator of Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment.
The event encouraged the rapid adoption of e-vehicles and e-bikes in order to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the Comox Valley Electric Vehicle Association, the number of e-cars driving on North American roads surpassed one million in the fall of 2018.
A 2019 BC Hydro survey indicates that one in three British Columbians expect their next vehicle to be electric.
At the Feb. 11 regional district committee of the whole meeting, Boyd presented the results of a survey of owners of e-cars and e-bikes, conducted by her group and the CV Community Health Network.
“We underscored that the main reason stated for 86 per cent of the respondents to purchase an electric vehicle was their concern about climate change,” Boyd said. “We also emphasized the reported needs of e-bike owners for proper bike lock-up facilities and more patrolling, given the incidence of theft.”
Boyd and organizers hope to again use the Sports Centre lot to host the second Move2Electric event, slated for Saturday, May 16 on the Victoria Day weekend. Directors will reply to the request at their next meeting.