By Roy L Hales
A cross-Canada trek has been on Rolf Oetter and Silke Sommerfeld’s “bucket list” for a long time. They are finally setting out on the 10,000 km trip, from their home in Victoria (BC) to St. John’s (NL), tomorrow. They may be driving the first Model X purchased in Canada and this is undoubtedly the first time a Tesla Model X tows a trailer across Canada.
Tesla Model X Towing Trailer Across Canada
They were among the first Canadians to purchase a Model X, which was delivered to Canada, AND this may be the first time a Model X tower a trailer across the continent.
Rolf and Silke Sommerfeld will be leaving Mile Zero in Victoria, BC, tomorrow.
According to Sierra Club BC, no electric vehicle has ever towed a trailer for 10,000 kilometres before.
Climate campaigner Larissa Stendie said this proves, “The future really is here, in the form of electric transportation, renewable affordable energy sources and an economy that operates within nature’s limits.”
Driving An Electric Car
“My husband bought a Model S in the summer of 2014 and then I got a Model S. Since then my husband returned the S in anticipation of the X,” explained Silke .
She added, “Driving an electric car slowly got us into a completely new mind set. All of a sudden it was important for us to have solar panels on the roof and we joined the local EV club and showed our cars. It’s an intrinsic urge to share what we think is the way of the future, and to make sure that future generations have a good future. We will never go back to gas cars.”
Reach As Many People As Possible
Silke added that she has never been further east than Red Deer, but she has a friend in Saskatchewan and wants to see Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec, Toronto and the Maritimes.
“It is important to us that we reach as many people as possible. We are planning to stop in every place we go: show the car and the solar panels. We want to find people who are on the scent and maybe wondering what it is like to drive an electric car, to find out and maybe do the switch>,” she said.
All Photos Courtesy: Rolf Oetter and Silke Sommerfeld