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Mark Gravel's electric car in Kitimat, B.C. a 'fit' with lifestyle

03/30/2015 08:00 EDT | Updated 05/30/2015 05:59 EDT
A small electric car may not be the first vehicle choice for many people in northern B.C., where large pick-up trucks rule the road, but Kitimat's Mark Gravel says his northern lifestyle is the reason he got a Chevrolet Volt.

"We try to have a small footprint. We try to produce our own eggs. We try to produce our own produce and what not and I guess it just fit in with our values," Gravel told Daybreak North's Carolina de Ryk.

The car's battery will take Gravel about 70 kilometres, and a gas-powered generator gives him an additional 450 kilometres for about 25 litres of fuel.

Gravel admits the car is "not the greatest" on back roads, but is hopeful as electric cars become more popular, there will be more options for rugged terrain.

"The only big challenge is when we get the big snow dumps. When we get the big snow dumps you can't use them. So we have a pick-up as a back-up," he said.

Electric cars haven't taken off in B.C.'s northwest — Boyd McCann, a sales representative at MacCarthy Motors in Terrace, B.C., told the CBC, the dealership sold one electric vehicle and leased another two years ago, but hasn't sold one since.

Gravel was the one customer who took out the lease, and now with the lease almost up, he plans to buy the car.

"It's such a comfy ride too. It's a nice car. It's an excellent car to drive. It's got a lot of torque. It's fun," he said.

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To hear the full interview with Mark Gravel, click the audio labelled: Mark Gravel's electric car.

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