Plugged In

Plugged In connects you to the ever-expanding Canadian electric vehicle network, featuring in-depth interviews with experts, engineers and everyday EV owners from across the country and from around the world. Hosted by Postmedia Driving senior editor Andrew McCredie, Plugged In updates once a week.

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EV opportunity staring Canada in the face
Host Andrew McCredie gives key takeaways from past interview on Canada's expanding role in electric vehicle development and manufacturing. He also recaps Season 4 of his podcast. 
21 min
2
Made in China crossover coming to Canada ticks ...
President of Imperium Motors Canada Christian Dubois joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about how his company is pushing to crack Canada's electric vehicle market with its competitively priced made-in-China crossover SUV, the Imperium ET5.
24 min
3
Formula E ready to roll into Vancouver
Formula E promoter and OSS Group executive vice president Anne Roy joins host Andrew McCredie to preview the 2022 Vancouver E-Prix. The weekend will mark just the second time the all-electric open-wheel series has come to Canada.
22 min
4
Tesla Model S comes up short in long-range test
Driving.ca senior writer David Booth joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about his new column, Range Finder. He shares results for tests of the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and other vehicles.  
35 min
5
Hydrogen fuel cells power Alberta pilot project
Alberta Motor Transport Association president Chris Nash joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about the Alberta Zero Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration, a project that will see design, integration, and trialing of two class 8 hydrogen fuel...
23 min
6
The rise of Formula E
Jaguar Racing team director James Barclay joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about the rise of Formula E.
24 min
7
Autonomous vehicles around the corner?
California-based consultant Mark Concannon joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about the future of autonomous vehicles.
26 min
8
Canada's electric vehicle moonshot
Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association president Flavio Volpe joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about how Project Arrow — an original, full-build zero-emission concept vehicle — is Canadian suppliers’ one big chance to reshape the...
26 min
9
Magna part of electric vehicle solution
Magna Powertrain president Tom Rucker joins host Andrew McCredie to discuss supplying parts to electric automakers.
26 min
10
Some mechanics on the brink without right-to-re...
All About Imports owner Lou Trottier joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about how the right-to-repair issues are impacting car owners and the corner mechanic shop.
22 min
11
Right-to-repair debate surfaces for electric ve...
BCIT Associate Dean of Automotive Mubasher Faruki join host Andrew McCredie to talk about training the next generation of automotive technicians and the potential for right-to-repair issues entering the electric vehicle market.
32 min
12
An ode to electric vehicles
Guest Andrew McCredie joins Plugged In host Andrew McCredie for an unconventional interview about electric vehicles.
30 min
13
Endless possibilities with electric pickup trucks
Gearhead and driving.ca expert Matthew Guy joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about the appeal of electric pickup trucks and potential for the electric Ford F-150 to change the way people work and play.
32 min
14
Future EV tech more science fiction or reality?
Mobility futurist James Cater, principal consultant at Vision Mobility, joins host Andrew McCredie to weigh the likelihood of certain electric vehicle technologies being adopted by the mainstream.
27 min
15
Charting the most sustainable expedition in aut...
British adventurer and Guinness World Record holder Chris Ramsey will become the first person to drive from Pole to Pole in a bid to raise awareness of climate change and the role that electric cars can play in reducing our carbon footprint. He speaks...
29 min
16
Tuning Teslas into performance cars
Mountain Pass Performance founder Sasha Anis joins host Andrew McCredie to discuss aftermarket upgrades that can tune electric vehicles into performance cars.
31 min
17
How to buy a used electric vehicle
All EV vice president Jérémie Bernardin talks to host Andrew McCredie about the demand for used electric vehicles and the details buyers need to know before making a purchase. 
28 min
18
Charging infrastructure not battery technology ...
Auto Motive Power CEO Anil Paryani joins host Andrew McCredie to talk about evolving battery technology. Paryani has worked as senior engineer at Honda R&D before becoming the battery management algorithm lead at Tesla for its Model S and...
25 min
19
Telling the electric story
Fraser Basin Council's Michael Stanyer talks to host Andrew McCredie about how outreach, education, and the conversation about electric vehicles has substantially changed over the years as more EV ownership moves further mainstream. 
23 min
20
Canadian autoworkers shaping EV future in North...
UNIFOR National President Jerry Dias talks to host Andrew McCredie about how negotiating labour contracts that mandate electric vehicle production in Canada has been a national manufacturing solution that reaches beyond the auto industry and into...
22 min
21
A fleet of new EVs has drivers excited
Kenneth Bokor, host of the EV Revolution Show on YouTube, joins Andrew McCredie to discuss which new electric vehicles coming to the Canadian market have them excited for a test drive. 
28 min
22
Leading the sustainability charge
Sun Country Highway visionary Kent Rathwell has paved the way for Canada's Electric Vehicle Revolution.
21 min
23
Electrifying Canada’s massive truck and bus fleets
Unlike passenger vehicles, the supply of new electrified heavy duty vehicles exceeds demand. For the time being at least.
26 min
24
Canada's hard-charging EV pioneer
Sun Country Highway visionary Kent Rathwell has paved the way for the country's electric vehicle revolution.
31 min
25
Quebec leading the EV charge in Canada
Canada’s foremost e-mobility expert tells us why his home province punches about its weight in electric vehicle adoption.
24 min
26
Charged up about all-electric pickup trucks
EV expert Ken Bokor joins the podcast this week for a discussion on coming-very-soon electric pickups and what this burgeoning segment means for Canada’s EV landscape.
29 min
27
Charting Polestar’s rise on the EV landscape
On this week’s episode we chat with Gregor Hembrough, the man in charge of guiding the new performance electric vehicle company’s rollout in North America.
24 min
28
Tapping hydrogen’s vast potential
On this week’s episode we explore how hydrogen, long called the ‘fuel of the future,’ can help power the EV Revolution and how Canada can be a global player in its production.  
21 min
29
Tesla doubles down on battery tech
For EV technologists there was plenty to unpack from a number of announcements made by the Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Battery Day. It was all about making smaller, more efficient, more powerful, less expensive and environmentally friendlier battery packs....
20 min
30
Electrify Canada charging Canada's corridors wi...
Chief Operating Officer of Electrify Canada Robert Barrosa joins host Andrew McCredie to discuss plans for growing Canada's electric-vehicle charging network.
32 min
31
Call2Recycle charging end-of-life EV battery plan
Call2Recyle President and General Manager Jeff Haltrecht speaks with host Andrew McCredie to discuss a future where electric vehicle batteries are broken down and recycled for new uses. 
30 min
32
COVID-19 made many impacts on electric vehicle ...
EV Revolution host Ken Bokor joins Andrew McCredie to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on electric vehicle manufacturers and consumer demand during the pandemic.
36 min
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Plugged In presses pause
The Plugged In podcast will pause for the next few weeks.
1 min
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Not-for-profit fills Ontario EV rebate void
Host Andrew McCredie speaks with Plugn' Drive founder and CEO Cara Clairman about her organization's education, outreach, and financial assitance programs to help new and used car buyers switch to electric.
21 min
35
Municipality turns to EV fleet for efficiency
Host Andrew McCredie speaks to officials from the District of North Vancouver about the decision to turn the municipality's vehicle fleet electric and its plans for the future.
32 min
36
Mapping Nissan's journey from Leaf to all-new A...
Host Andrew McCredie is joined by Nissan Canada Senior Manager Francois Lefevre to talk about electric vehicle adoption across the country, Canada's contribution to the Leaf becoming the world's best selling electric vehicle, and more on Nissan's new...
39 min
37
Garage orphans complicate EV charging landscape
Host Andrew McCredie is joined by LeadingAhead Energy Inc. Founder Maxime Charron to talk about gaps in EV infrastructure and ways municipalities and strata councils can aid in EV adoption.
31 min
38
Tesla casts large shadow over other EVs at Cana...
Driving.ca editor Andrew McCredie talks to writer David Booth about how new electric vehicles on display in Toronto at the Canadian International Autoshow stack up against one another in a growing market. 
32 min
39
Coming Soon: Plugged In Season 2
Plugged In host Andrew McCredie previews Season 2, which will open from inside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at the 2020 Canadian International Autoshow and conclude with a live recording at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
1 min
40
Plugged In powers down for the holidays
Host Andrew McCredie wraps Season 1 with a special thanks to listeners. Plus, a preview of what's to come in Season 2, which is scheduled to launch in early 2020. 
1 min
41
Cross-continent EV adventure shows strengths an...
Harvey Soicher embarked on a two-month adventure that saw him drive his brand new Audi e-tron 55 quattro Technik across Canada and then back home through the States. The logistics were  daunting, particularly with the northern route Harvey had...
30 min
42
Electric vehicle adoption hinges on more than g...
From backyard tinkerers to Tesla owners, Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association director Bruce Stout joins Andrew McCredie to talk about electric vehicle adoption over the past decade and what's needed to spur widespread acceptance of EVs across Canada.
33 min
43
Tesla Cybertruck, Ford Mustang Mach-E generate ...
Plugged In host Andrew McCredie is joined Driving.ca journalist David Booth to break down the big news coming out of Los Angles and annual Auto Show. Topics include the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Toyota RAV-4 Prime, the Karma SC2 concept car, and Tesla's...
22 min
44
What do car dealers think about electric vehicles?
What do car dealers think about electric vehicles? Are they keen to have them in their showrooms? We talk to Vancouver GM dealer Blair Upton about this and much more during this week’s episode of Plugged In.
29 min
45
Hybrid and hydrogen vehicles key to growth of E...
Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Canada Inc. Stephen Beatty speaks with Plugged In host Andrew McCredie about the need for alternatives to lithium-ion battery-powered cars to promote electric vehicle adoption and...
30 min
46
Home economics drive electric vehicle buying de...
EV Revolution host Kenneth Bokor joins Andrew McCredie to discuss the rise of electric vehicle coverage and the decisions drivers must make when switching from gasoline to electric or plug-in hybrid.
32 min
47
Battery technology opens new horizons for elect...
Steve Miloshev is the founder of Motorino, a Vancouver-based electric bicycle, scooter and small motorcycle company that is a pioneer in two-wheeled electric mobility in Canada. We talk to Steve about how far the battery technology has come since he...
26 min
48
Are Tesla fanboys propping up electric vehicle ...
Opinionated. Knowledgable. Irascible. Unflappable. Veteran Canadian automotive journalist David Booth is all that and more. In this wide-ranging interview, we ask him about the future of EVs, how plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cells fit into that...
30 min
49
EV visionary goes Solo in quest to put gas stat...
In the premiere episode of Plugged In, we speak with Jerry Kroll, the founder of Vancouver-based electric vehicle manufacturer Meccanica. You might be familiar with the company’s three-wheeled, single-seat Solo, which has been displayed at auto...
30 min
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Trailer: Plugged In
Plugged In connects you to the ever-expanding Canadian electric vehicle network, featuring in-depth interviews with experts, engineers and everyday EV owners from across the country and from around the world. Hosted by Postmedia Driving senior editor...
1 min