Gatineau welcomes Branchez-Vous 2019


May 28, 2019

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Gatineau welcomes Branchez-Vous 2019. People are invited to try plug-in vehicles


On May 31st and June 1st, the City of Gatineau will host the Branchez-Vous 2019 Gatineau event, an initiative of the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI), during which motorists get to test drive plug-in vehicles for free.


Quick facts


  • Branchez-Vous 2019 Gatineau is part of the 7th edition of Branchez-Vous events which is supported by the Gouvernement du Québec, the Running electric campaign and car manufacturers Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, and Honda.

  • Nine plug-in models will be available for test drives including the all-new Hyundai Kona EV.

  • The activity is free and a spot must be booked in advance by choosing from three circuits to try out and compare four vehicles.

  • Nearly 1,250 motorists in the Outaouais, including 875 in Gatineau, have already chosen to drive electric, a 72% increase compared to 2018.

  • The increase in supply from automakers, the new incentive from the Government of Canada, and recent gas price increases are making more and more consumers opt for a plug-in vehicle.

  • An electric vehicle costs four times less to operate than a comparable gasoline model, and this gap grows with each price increase at the pump.



Branchez-Vous 2019 Gatineau: Free plug-in vehicles test drives


LOCATION2: Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf community centre — 70, rue Moreau, Gatineau, QC, J8T 3Y7

DATES AND SCHEDULE: Friday, May 31st from 12h30 pm to 9h pm and Saturday June 1st from 9h am to 5h pm

BOOKING: At Running electric


«It will never be too late to opt fro a plug-in vehicle, but 2019 is probably the best time to do it. Indeed, there has never been such a large selection of models offering between 250 and 500 km of range to choose from, plus government incentives amount to a price reduction of up to 30% (13 000 $ rebate) on some models. With the current craze, these discounts could go away faster than expected. Branchez-Vous is the unique opportunity to come try and compare these models to choose the one that meets your needs, “said the Program Manager – Demonstration Projects, Mr. Stéphane Pascalon.


“Climate chaos continues to wreak havoc in our world. But do not despair, because technologies are now available on the market to reduce our fuel consumption and create cleaner, quieter neighborhoods. Gatineau is pleased to host another edition of Branchez-Vous from the Innovative Vehicle Institute and to help promote modern personal transportation. Once you have driven an electric vehicle, you will not want to go back to an inefficient combustion car. Book a test drive and hop on board with us!», said Mike Duggan, municipal councilor and EV driver since 2013.












Related link: Website — Branchez-Vous 2019 Gatineau :


1 Source: Association des véhicules électriques du Québec (AVEQ), 2019 (in french only)

Note: Due to recent flooding near the site, visitors are advised to access Moreau street only from the north, via Pointe-Gatineau street, so as not to interfere with the work of the cleaning crews who will be on site in the streets to the south.

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