Ottawa, ON (oyetimes.com Friday, 19 December 2014 11:34 Written by Steph Willems)
Jeff Westeinde’s car glides silently to a stop in the shadow of his company’s newest condo development on the edge of downtown Ottawa.
In the final stages of construction, Windmill Developments’ energy-efficient Cathedral Hill condo tower boasts 130 environmentally-friendly units overlooking the Ottawa River from atop a lofty escarpment. The company claims to be Canada’s leading sustainable developer, and the building itself is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification.
But on this day, the company’s co-founder is more interested in his car – a Tesla Model S sedan he picked up just two days prior.
Powerful, svelte, and all-electric, the Model S sits at the forefront of a growing segment in the automotive landscape. Its range, approximately 450 km, speed 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, and the ability to carry five adults and two kids have made it the most capable and practical EV to date.
Over a thousand Model S sedans have found homes with Canadian buyers since its December, 2012 introduction.
“I lived in Vancouver for years – my buddies out there have had them for a couple of years, so I’ve driven one for a week at a time,” said Westeinde, who regularly travels between Windmill’s main office in Ottawa and its satellite location in Toronto.
“I didn’t get this sooner because currently you can’t make it to Toronto (on a charge), but they’ve got a Supercharger opening in Kingston in two weeks.”
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