Feeling a little anxious about booking an electric vehicle (EV)? Given they’ve been around in Canada for less than a decade, you’re not alone. Whether you’re considering booking an EV for the first time, or it’s your first choice in our fleet, Kelvin, our Fleet Manager, will squash myths about driving them and their associated benefits, and offer up some pro-tips on getting the most of your Modo EV. Electrifying our fleet is a strategic priority for us at Modo. Due to the unexpected impacts of COVID-19, all new vehicle purchases have been put on hold. However, when fleet expansion resumes, we expect EVs to comprise roughly 30% of any new vehicles purchased.

Top 4 benefits of driving a Modo EV

Easy to Use & Safe

  • Vancouver is home to over 250+ charging stations and soon to be more. Browse all EV charging stations.
  • No key – just hit start and go!
  • More flexibility “refueling” an EV (home, work, in parking garages, parks and more)
  • EVs have some of the highest crash safety ratings

Get VIP Treatment

  • Our EVs display an official “OK” decal, allowing you to drive in high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes in B.C. regardless of the number of passengers.

HOV sticker Modo

Reduce Traffic and Pollution

  • EVs have zero tailpipe emissions, resulting in cleaner air, less impact on our health, and are better for the ozone layer. Learn more.
  • EVs use renewable energy, the vast majority of BC’s electricity comes from hydroelectric energy -which results in a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Plus: By choosing to carshare, you’re already helping reduce congestion, traffic, and greenhouse gases.

Pro-Tips

We asked Kelvin, our Fleet Manager and all-around vehicle guru, to share his insider knowledge on the Modo EV fleet with tips + tricks in getting the most out of each vehicle.

Meet our Electric Fleet

Hyundai Kona

Our newest addition! With a range of over 400 kms and ability to fast charge to 80% in under an hour this EV is your top choice for road trips.

Kia Soul (BEV)

One of the newest EVs in the fleet. We have two Kia Soul EVs on the island: The 2016 model has a 160km range, and features a level 3 fast charger (ChaDeMo). The 2020 has a 400km range and a level 3 fast charger (CCS).

Saanich EV

Nissan Leaf (BEV)

One of the pioneers when it comes to the EV fleet. The Leaf uses older EV technology with a 3.3kw charger, taking longer to gain a full recharge, but still able to drive about 100km per charge.

Toyota Prius (PHEV)

One of the most traditional EVs in the fleet. Similar to the Prius you know and love, but with an electric plug-in feature. This model can travel about 20 km on electricity alone and once its battery runs out, it becomes an ordinary gas/electric Hybrid.

Mitsubishi Outlander (PHEV)

A Plug-in hybrid Electric Vehicle with the efficiency of a plug-in and all the flexibility of an SUV. The all-electric range is 35km, and the hybrid range is 500km, and it comes with the flexibility to both charge and fill the gas tank for longer trips (you can do either!)

Tips + Tricks

Heat/AC

Turning on the interior heater will help reduce the amount of drive time with an EV as it has to create heat using battery power. It’s advisable to keep it as low as possible.

To reserve the EV battery you should: keep your jacket on, turn on the seat and steering wheel heater instead of running the cabin heat, and open the windows instead of using A/C.

Charging

All Modo EV home locations have chargers.  You’ll need to use the BC Hydro EV card available in the vehicle. In some cases, home locations will require you to use another card to activate the charging station. This second charging card is also located in the pouch attached to the key chain ring (like any regular Modo gas card).

FAQs

  • I’d like to take an EV for a long trip. Where can I charge?

If you want to charge away from the vehicle’s home location, you can use the BC Hydro EV card available in the vehicle. The BC Hydro EV card is accepted at any BC Hydro, ChargePoint and Flo charging stations.

To find public available charging stations throughout North America, including all charging station vendors, use the PlugShare​​ website to find a charging station.

  • As a member, can I pay by myself to use a paid charging station? 

You should always try paying with the default BC Hydro card available in the vehicle.

If the paid charging station doesn’t accept the BC Hydro card, you can pay with your own credit card. Most chargers allow any Visa or Mastercard with “tap” to be used at the charger directly. Modo will reimburse up to $20 provided you submit a valid receipt. Many paid charging stations charge the cost of parking as their hourly rate – the charging component of the cost is free. As Modo does not pay for a member’s parking we have capped the reimbursement at $20 to allow enough time to charge the EV.