Say hello to Victoria’s first electric Modo!
Modo Cruises the Electric Highway
The first carshare co-op in North America makes Victoria home to a first-of-its-kind electric car
August 18 2015 — Victoria, BC — There’s a new resident at Dockside Green and its neighbours are getting a real charge out of it. In partnership with Modo, Victoria’s only local carshare co-op, a 2015 Kia Soul EV will be placed at the development on Tyee Road. This is Modo’s first electric car in Victoria and the only one UL Certified (comparable to LEED standards) in the industry.
The KIA Soul EV was released in Canada this year with very limited supply, but forward-thinking allowed Modo to secure one for BC. As an innovator in carsharing in North America, and with a shared commitment to providing sustainable solutions for everyday living, partnering with Dockside Green, one of North America’s greenest developments, was a natural fit – as was placing the EV in Victoria, with its eco-conscious population and smaller geographic radius. Modo has nearly 1200 members on the Island, sharing a fleet of 27, with both numbers growing steadily.
“The aim of environmental sustainability at Dockside Green is to enhance and maintain the ecological health of the community, paying close attention to water conservation, energy conservation, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” explains Norman Shearing, President, Dockside Green. “With Modo, now we can provide an emission-free alternative to car-ownership for residents at Dockside Green as well as sustainably-minded Victorians.”
“I’m thrilled to see Modo grow its Victoria fleet with electric vehicles, giving Victorians even more access to car sharing and an even lighter footprint when participating in the sharing economy,” exclaimed Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “I welcome Modo’s new all-electric KIA Soul to Victoria and thank them for investing in our city.”
Since 1997, Modo has provided a cost-effective and sustainable transportation solution for those wanting all the benefits of car-ownership without any of the hassles. In a milestone year that’s included joining forces with Victoria Car Share Co-op, and continued expansion of their diverse fleet, adding the Kia EV has its own special significance — it’s Modo’s 400th car, which is no small feat for this local, not-for-profit co-operative.
“Electric cars have great performance and are a clean option, especially in BC,” said David Marshall, executive director of the non-profit Fraser Basin Council, which is involved with Emotive BC, a public outreach
campaign to raise awareness on EVs. “Modo’s leadership gives its members an opportunity to try out the electric experience for themselves.”
While adding a new vehicle may appear to simply be part of doing business, Modo’s commitment to carsharing innovation and supporting new transportation technologies is a hallmark of their identity. “Disruption” is a word commonly associated with carsharing and with 18 years’ experience serving a growing membership of 13,000, it’s clear that Modo is a welcome disruption for residents across Victoria and the Lower Mainland.
Find all Modo vehicles in Victoria at www.modo.coop
Since 1997, Modo (formerly the Victoria Car Share Co-op in Greater Victoria) has provided a practical, cost-effective alternative to car ownership without the hassle. Founded in Vancouver’s West End with 16 members and two cars, they now serve Victoria and the Lower Mainland with a diverse and growing fleet of cars, trucks, hybrids, EVs and more. With gas, insurance, maintenance, toll-bridges and more included in low hourly rates, why own a car when you can share 400?
City of Victoria and Carsharing
Charging infrastructure available in all five City parkades with no additional fee for charging. Parking is always free for the first hour, and after 6pm daily and all day Sunday. For questions about what the City is doing to encourage carsharing in Victoria visit www.victoria.ca.