By YOURI KEMP
Tribune Business Reporter
The Bahamas' first electric vehicle (EV) show launches today in a bid to showcase a product that is in growing worldwide demand to Bahamian consumers.
Pia Farmer, owner of Easy Car Sales, told Tribune Business: “We are going to be at the Mall at Marathon from Thursday through Saturday. So we're there for three days. We will be displaying several new EV models, all 100 percent electric, and people are going to be able to check them out and arrange to have a test drive.”
These EVs can go from “0 to 60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds”, Ms Farmer said, adding: “Because there are no gears and need to shift them, they just take off. These EVs save consumers 75 percent of their fuel and service expenses. So what they can do is trade in their old gas cars and get an electric car.
"DHL is fully electric, and Cable Bahamas has about a dozen electric vans. They are transitioning their fleet from gas to electric, and we will trade in an old gas van for a new van. We’re serious about this.”
EV prices start at $27,000 and go all the way up to $75,000. A “nice sized SUV can cost about $35,000”, said Ms Farmer. EV sales have spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, beating conventional wisdom that all industries have been suffering as a result of the economic fall-out.
Ms Farmer told Tribune Business last month she is looking to “double” growth this year and build on the success of 2020.