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Motor Trend's Car of the Year award goes electric

The Tesla Model S

Posted by Chelsea Watt

Well, it's unanimous. Motor Trend has named their annual Car of the Year, and it's a first.

In the 64 years that Motor Trend has selected Car of the Year, it's the first time that the winner hasn't had a good old-fashioned internal combustion engine. And it's the first time the judges were unanimous in their choice: the Tesla S luxury sedan beat out competition from Porsche, BMW, and Lexus, to name a few.

It's one more sign that electric vehicles are making pretty big inroads (pun intended) in North America. Although the Tesla isn't your standard commuter vehicle, with a price tag over $58,000, it's impressive to see that plug-in vehicles are becoming more commonplace.

Charging stations are becoming more commonplace too

While the Tesla is clearly a luxury model, more and more customers are choosing consumer electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF or the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. And municipalities are responding, offering more options to charge vehicles.

Metro Vancouver is offering businesses new incentives to install charging stations. And last year, rebates for charging stations were introduced for all B.C. residents who own electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles.

Considering a plug-in vehicle but wondering where else you can charge them? Check out the charging information in our electric vehicles section.

Where to purchase vehicles, get more info

If you're considering making your next car an electric model, be sure to check out Clean Energy Vehicles BC. In 2011, the B.C. government introduced rebates of up to $5,000 on qualified electric vehicles.

See types of qualified clean energy vehicles and participating dealers.

How BC Hydro is preparing for more cars like the Tesla

As more customers opt to plug in their vehicles, we're working to ensure that the electric grid will be ready to handle the demand for more power.

In the near future, it's expected that a standard electric vehicle could draw as much as 7kW — about the same as an electric stove with all the burners and the oven on.

We've been working with vehicle manufacturers, municipalities and other partners to study electric vehicles and test them in our fleets.

Our team is closely studying the rate of adoption and regions of B.C. most likely to adopt more electric vehicles. BC Hydro is paying close attention to our distribution network to ensure we have the proper infrastructure in place to deal with electric vehicles.

Chelsea Watt is a writer/editor at bchydro.com.