Fernie Fox Hotel co-owner Jeremiah Pauw with his new Ford F-150 Lightning, an all-electric truck. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Fox Hotel co-owner Jeremiah Pauw with his new Ford F-150 Lightning, an all-electric truck. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie home to the Kootenay’s first electric F-150

There’s an imposter among the trucks of the Kootenays

The time for dreaming of electric trucks is over – at least for one Fernie driver.

Co-owner of the Fernie Fox Hotel, Jeremiah Pauw recently took possession of a brand-new Ford F-150 Lightning, a fully-electric pickup truck, and one of only eight in all of British Columbia.

“I haven’t seen any others on the road,” said Pauw. “This is the first one in the Kootenays.”

“It has been fun. I’m discovering new things every couple of minutes,” he said, adding he’d been waiting for a long time since he first put his name down for one two years ago.

“I couldn’t sleep the night before picking it up,” said Pauw.

The truck, which essentially just an all-electric F-150 (North America’s most popular pickup), is four-wheel-drive, and capable of doing everything a gasoline-powered truck can do (without the price-tag of a full tank of gas every few days).

Pauw said that while trucks were particularly popular in this part of the word, this one in particular was making him popular.

“I can’t go anywhere without people waving and asking about it,” he said.

The electric truck will be tasked with Fernie Fox duties, fitting in with the Hotel’s brand as an environmentally-conscious business. The truck goes nicely with the Hotel’s 137 solar panels (which Pauw taps into to charge the truck).

President and CEO of the B.C. New Car Dealers Association, Blair Qualey told The Free Press last year that electric trucks would go a long way in breaking down barriers for the technology and encouraging adoption.

“Given how many people like to drive (trucks) in this province and on this continent I think it’ll make a huge difference in the transition to electric vehicles,” he said.

The price will remain a barrier for many however, with electric vehicles in relatively short supply compared to their gasoline-powered counterparts.

An F-150 Lightning starts at $68K in Canada, going all the way up to $110K for one with all the bells and whistles – before tax. Compare that to a base model F-150, which begins at $39,115.

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