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From Victoria to Quidi Vidi

Buddy Boyd guides his Chevy Bolt into the waters of the slipway and Quidi Vidi Village to meet his goal of dipping the wheels into the Atlantic Ocean to complete his cross-Canada trip in the electric car, with approval of Piper, his 10-year-old pet.
Buddy Boyd guides his Chevy Bolt into the waters of the slipway and Quidi Vidi Village to meet his goal of dipping the wheels into the Atlantic Ocean to complete his cross-Canada trip in the electric car, with approval of Piper, his 10-year-old pet.

Buddy Boyd and his partner Barb Hetherington finished a drive across the country Saturday afternoon by dipping the wheels of their car into the Atlantic on the slipway at Quidi Vidi Village.

Buddy Boyd and his partner Barb Hetherington giving a thumbs-up after finishing their journey.

The difference in this cross-Canada journey is that it was completed in an electric car — a Chevy Bolt.

The couple decided to make the journey from Victoria, B.C., to Quidi Vidi to promote low environmental impact driving and zero waste. They began the journey on Canada Day with the desire to reach out to people across the country with the message that lifestyle changes can make a difference.

“As a grassroots organization promoting zero waste, it’s important for us to connect with regular Canadians. … A road trip allows us to reach people in their own communities and homes,” said Hetherington. “Bolt across Canada allows us to show that it is possible to make lifestyle changes that reduce environmental impact. And you can still enjoy life.”

Boyd said actions such as making wiser vehicle choices make a difference.

“We want to promote our emerging green highways … that are making it easier for Canadians to drive low-emission vehicles.”

Green Rock E.V.S. electric vehicle dealership hosted a gathering to cheer on the couple as they dipped their car’s wheels in the ocean. Afterwards, electric car owners around the city paraded through downtown to celebrate.

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