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September 27, 2017
LeasePlan Corporation N.V., will be a founding partner of EV100, a transportation initiative is designed to fast-track use of electric vehicles among corporate companies. As part of its commitment, LeasePlan will transition its employee to EVs, becoming the first FMC to do so.

“Electric vehicles are What’s next. We’re therefore delighted to become a founding partner of the EV100 initiative and to work with some of the world’s largest companies on speeding up and facilitating the switch to electric mobility,” said Tex Gunning, CEO. “Together, we can have a significant impact: over half the cars on the road today belong to companies. We’re also very proud to announce that LeasePlan’s own employee fleet will be going electric, making us the first major leasing company to make the switch. Our ambition is to have all our employees driving electric cars by 2021. We encourage other companies to do the same: making the transition to an electric fleet is one of the easiest ways for businesses to lower their emissions and to help tackle climate change. LeasePlan is fully committed to facilitating other companies who would like to make that shift.”

Members of EV100 are committed to transition from gas or diesel engine fleets to EV by 2030. The other founding members of EV100 are: Unilever, Baidu, IKEA Group, HP Inc., Vattenfall, PG&E, Deutsche Post DHL and Metro AG.

September 13, 2017

(From left) Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation, Minister Pierre Arcand, Johanne Gélinas, President, Transition énergétique Québec, and Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada has announced that it will build its first hydrogen fueling and service facility at its Quebec zone office. This is meant as a first step in the company’s development of hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in Quebec.

“Toyota and the Province of Québec have both been leaders in the reduction of carbon emissions,” said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chariman, Toyota Motor Corporation. “We continue to work closely with the Québec government to help them build the infrastructure required to make adoption of greenhouse-gas-friendly technology a reality.”

Toyota plans to work closely with the Government of Quebec to help reduce carbon emissions of vehicles driven by Quebec drivers.

“It’s been a productive meeting with Toyota. I’m pleased to see that they are interested in initiatives in line with our 2030 Energy Policy, which puts consumers at the forefront of our action,” said Energy Minister Pierre Arcand. “By collaborating with the Government of Québec and Transition énergétique Québec (TEQ), Toyota will help us to support, encourage and promote energy transition, innovation and efficiency and to reach our target for reducing the amount of petroleum products consumed.”

August 31, 2017
Renault-Nissan Alliance has partnered with Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd., to create a join venture to co-develop and sell EVs in China. The new company eGT New Energy Automotive Co., Ltd., plans to use Renault-Nissan Alliance’s EV leadership and Dongfeng’s resources in new energy industry, to meets expectations in the Chinese market.

"The establishment of the new joint venture with Dongfeng confirms our common commitment to develop competitive electric vehicles for the Chinese market," said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance. "We are confident to meet the expectations of the Chinese customers and to strengthen our global electric vehicle leadership position."

eGT plans to design a new EV with intelligent interconnectivity, developed by Renault-Nissan and Dongfeng on Renault-Nissan’s A-segment SUV platform.

"This project is the result of a joint effort to develop electric vehicles for the Chinese market, by the 'Golden Triangle' formed by Dongfeng, Renault and Nissan, with an innovative business model," said Zhu Yanfeng, Chairman, Dongfeng. "We expect to meet the transformation trend of the market in China; where cars are becoming light, electric, intelligent, interconnected and shared. This is also testimony of a deepened and strengthened strategic cooperation between the three parties."

The new company will be based in Shiyan, China, with the EV being produced at Dongfeng’s plant (which has a capacity of 120,000 vehicles per year) there. Production is expected to start in 2019. Renault and Nissan will each own 25 per cent of the new company, which Dongfeng owning the other 50 per cent.

August 28, 2017
Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai Motor and Kia Motor) plans to introduce over 30 eco-friendly models to global market by 2020. The vehicles will offer a selection of powertrains (electric, hybrid and fuel cell).

Hyundai Motors plans to launch an EV version of its Kona SUV in first half of 2018, with the vehicle offering a range of 390 kilometres. A Genesis Motors EV model is expected in 2021, and a long-range (500km) EV is set to debut after 2021.

Hyundai’s roadmap also plans to introduce an AWD and front-engine RWD models that build on its Transmission-mounted Electrical Device system.

Hyundai plans to develop a dedicated architecture for pure EV models, allowing for multiple vehicles with longer driving range. The company currently offers the IONIQ model, which offers a selection of alternative powertrains.

August 21, 2017

Hyundai Motor has revealed its second generation hydrogen-powered SUV due be officially unveiled in early 2018.

The vehicle which has not been named yet will use the fourth generation of Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new model centres around four key pillars: fuel cell system efficiency, performance (maximum output), durability, and tank storage density.

“With exceptional efficiency, serene styling, and uncompromised performance, our next generation fuel cell SUV is the true epitome of an eco-friendly vehicle of the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, Senior Vice President, Hyundai Motor Group’s Eco Technology Center. “Hyundai Motor will take the lead in developing and producing green energy vehicles that would ultimately complement a near-zero emission society.”

Fuel cell performance is improved, with hydrogen consumption reduced and key components being optimized. In turn, this allows the new vehicle to have an efficiency level of 60 per cent (a nine per cent increase of the outgoing Tucson FCEV model), and has 20 per cent more maximum output than the Tucson FCEV. Range is expected to be over 580 kilometres per charge. Of importance to those in cold climates, the vehicle can be started at temperatures down to minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Other improvements include a more durable catalyst technology increasing the vehicles longevity and storage tank density improved while reducing thickness.

Hyundai has been researching fuel cell technology since 1998 and has sold fuel cell vehicles since 2013.

August 21, 2017

Ford and Deutsche Post DHL Group unveiled a jointly produced electric delivery van (e-van), based on the Ford Transit chassis. The vehicle is called StreetScooter WORK XL and is fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain, with a body designed for DHL.

"We're really proud of this ambitious project, and of the strong partnership we've developed with Deutsche Post DHL Group and StreetScooter,” said Steven Armstrong, Group Vice-President and President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “This joint project will be Europe's largest manufacturer of emission-free, medium-sized e-vans, and it doesn't come a moment too soon. Buses, cars, and of course, delivery vans play vital roles in our daily lives, but we have to find a way to make them cleaner. This project is a great step along this path."

Around 150 early-build e-vans are expected to be manufactured in 2017, with 2,500 e-vans being built by end of 2018. StreetSCooter already offers the WORK and WORK L electric models.

WORK XL uses a modular battery system of 30 to 90 kWh of power, which translates to 80 to 200 kilometres of range using the Lithium-ion battery. Top speed is rated at 85 km/h, with 1,350 kilograms of payload, 20 cubic metres of volume, which allows for over 200 packages.

"The new StreetScooter WORK XL expands our e-fleet in the commercial vehicle segment,” said Jürgen Gerdes, Member of the Board of Management Post - eCommerce - Parcel, Deutsche Post DHL Group. “It is the perfect vehicle for parcel deliveries in major cities and large urban areas, and will enable us to cope with the rising parcel volumes in an even more environmentally friendly and quieter manner. With this commitment, we are also underlining our claim of being the market leader in green logistics."

It is expected that the e-van will save about five tonnes of CO2 and 1,900 litres of diesel a year, compared to the vehicle being replaced.

August 14, 2017
Mazda Motor Corporation announced plans to introduce a new gasoline engine called SKYACTIV-X, which uses compression ignition. The announcement was part of the Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, which is the company’s long-term vision for its technology development.

SKYACTIV-X engine will be the first commercial gasoline engine that uses compression ignition (Spark Controlled Compression Ignition method), that allows for the fuel-air mixture to ignite spontaneously when compressed by the piston.

The new engine uses the best aspects of gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a supercharger to help improve fuel economy, power and performance. Torque is increased by 10-30 per cent, and engine efficiency improves by 20-30 per cent over the SKYACTIV-G engine. Fuel efficiency is expected to be equal or better than the SKYACTIV-D diesel engine.

July 31, 2017

BMW Group has announced that a battery electric version of its MINI three-door model will go into production in 2019. MINI will offer a gasoline, diesel, and PHEV version as well.

The announcement is part of the company’s NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, in which all brand and models can be electrified with a EV or PHEV. BMW plans to bring more electrified models in the coming years.

MINI Cooper 3-Door (non-EV)
“BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut play a leading role within our global production network as the company’s global competence centre for electric mobility,” said Oliver Zipse, BMW AG Management Board member for Production. “Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand. If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”

BMW Group also will be launching other EV vehicles in the near future, with the i8 Roadster in 2018, X3 EV in 2020, and iNEXT in 2021.

July 31, 2017
According to Viewpoint published by the Montreal Economic Institute, electric vehicle sales quotas will increase the cost of conventional vehicles. MEI finds that consumers will pay $1,100 extra for conventional vehicles, in what amounts to being a tax.

"This extra cost will put upward pressure on car prices in Quebec and reduce car sales. This de facto tax is in fact a regressive one, since poorer households wanting to buy cheaper vehicles will face relatively steeper price increases than households with higher incomes acquiring more luxurious vehicles," said Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and author of the publication.

Beginning in 2018 model year, OEMs will have to accumulate credits, equal to 3.5 per cent of sales, and increasing to 22 per cent in 2025, of how many vehicles they sell are electric or hybrid. Those who do not meet the number of credits they need can buy them from other OEMs who have a surplus or from the government.

"It is likely that carmakers will fall short of these targets, especially since the quota of 3.5 per cent for 2018 is above the present share of total motor vehicle sales that are electrics and hybrids, which stands at 1.08 per cent," said Belzile.

MEI finds that for 2018 the extra cost for a vehicle will be $175, but that will go up to $1,100 for 2025. MEI believes that OEMs who produce only electric and hybrid vehicles, and those who sell below 4,500 vehicles are the winners with this policy.

"Given these serious shortcomings, the government should think again and abandon its electric vehicle sales quota policy," said Belzile.

For more, visit MEI web site at:

July 10, 2017

(Photo credit: AJAC)
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) held its sixth annual EcoRun across two provinces this year.

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July 10, 2017
Volvo Cars will offer an electric motor on all vehicles from 2019 on.

“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

Volvo's electrified strategy includes fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Between 2019 and 2021, it plans to launch five full EV models (three Volvo models and two high performance Polestar models).

Volvo plans to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025, as part of its carbon emissions reduction plan for products and operations.

July 4, 2017
Subsidizing electric vehicle purchases is the most expensive and least efficient way to reduce GHG emissions according to an Economic Note from the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

“It’s just a waste,” said Germain Belzile, Senior Associate Researcher at the MEI and Co-Author of the publication. “Not only do these programs cost taxpayers a fortune, but they also have little effect on GHG emissions.”

Currently Ontario provides a subsidy of up to $14,000 towards the purchase of an EV or PHEV vehicle, while Quebec is $8,000. This works out to $523 per tonne of GHG not emitted in Ontario, and $288 in Quebec.

“Between the different incentive measures that produce the same results, the most expensive option should never be favoured,” said Belzile. “Subsidizing the purchase of electric vehicles represents without a doubt the worst option among current solutions.”

MEI finds that the same amount of reduction costs $18 per tonne through the existing carbon market, and $10 to $50 per tonne through the upcoming federal carbon tax.

“The real costs are probably even higher, since half of buyers of electric vehicles would make their purchases even without the subsidy,” said Mark Milke, Independent Policy Analyst and Co-Author of the publication. “Those subsidies are therefore a pure loss, with no resulting reduction in GHGs.”

Ultimately, the incentives have the Ontario government paying 29 times the carbon market, and 52 times the upcoming federal tax for each tonne of GHG reduced; in Quebec that comes out to 16 and 29 times, respectively.

“The Quebec and Ontario governments have to face facts. Subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles not only have little effect on GHG emissions, but they also cost taxpayers a lot of money. Common sense, both economically and ecologically speaking, argues in favour of reducing these subsidies, and even eliminating them,” said Milke.

The entire Economic Note can be found at:

June 23, 2017
Evoto Rentals, launched earlier this year, now offers Tesla Model X vehicles as part of its fleet. Currently operating in Montreal, Quebec, Evoto plans to expand to Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver in the future.

Evoto rents Tesla Model S and Model X, and in the future the Model 3. They are rented through or over the phone. Free delivery and pick up, charging, unlimited mileage, and adding a second driver are all part of the rental experience.

Evoke uses a paperless online billing system and rates begin at $350/per day. A chauffeur service with the vehicle is available for minimum four hours at $90/hour. For those with kids, an electric kids car, the Tesla Mini S is also available.

June 12, 2017

Electric Mobility Canada hosted the EV2017 Conference and Trade Show at the Hilton Toronto in Markham, Ontario recently.

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May 26, 2017
Nissan has announced that Pre-owned LEAF vehicles will be available for purchase or lease in Quebec with a $4,000 incentive as part of the province’s Drive Electric program. Qualifying vehicles are 2013 or 2014 model year and registered outside of Quebec. Any LEAF vehicles coming from the U.S. will need to be modified to Canadian regulations.

“The Nissan LEAF Qualified Pre-Owned Program is another demonstration of Nissan’s pledge to create intelligent mobility solutions, by broadening the accessibility and practicality of electric vehicles,” says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada Inc.

The program is designed to contribute to the Quebec government's goal of 100,000 electric and plug in hybrid vehicles on its roads by 2020.

May 22, 2017

Plug’n Drive officially opened its Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The facility is the world’s first experiential learning facility dedicated to EV education and awareness.

"The EV Discovery Centre will serve as an EV hub for consumers throughout Ontario and for visitors from around the world,” said Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug’n Drive. "We are providing a one-stop-shop where consumers can explore and test-drive the latest EV models – alongside charging solutions at home and on the road."

The EV Discovery Centre is aims to help accomplish the goal of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to expand EV sales to five per cent of all new vehicles sold by 2020.

"We are investing proceeds from Ontario's carbon market into Plug'n Drive's Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre to encourage more Ontarians to make the switch to low-carbon transportation and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions,” said Minister Glen Murray. "As part of Ontario's Climate Change Action, we are helping to tackle emissions from the transportation sector, which is the single-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the province."

The centre provides visitors with the knowledge they need to consider an EV as their next vehicle.

May 22, 2017
Magna has committed to investing $5 million into Vector Institute, a Canandian independent AI facility located in Toronto.

"The automotive world is changing rapidly, reacting and innovating in response to massive technological advances," said Don Walker, CEO, Magna International. "Canada is a leader in the potential game-changers of machine learning and AI, and we want to be at the forefront of its advancements in the automotive sector."

Vector will be dedicated to exploration of AI, specializing in transformative fields of deep learning and machine learning. Magna's AI strategy encompasses two key areas: manufacturing and autonomous driving.

May 22, 2017
Lyft and Waymo have partnered to help launch self-driving vehicles.

“We can confirm that we are partnering with Waymo to safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots. Waymo holds today’s best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world’s best transportation,” said a Lyft spokesperson.

Both hope the collaboration will help to accelerate the way people use transportation; namely self-driving vehicles.

“We’re looking forward to working with Lyft to explore new self-driving products that will make our roads safer and transportation more accessible. Lyft’s vision and commitment to improving the way cities move will help Waymo’s self-driving technology reach more people, in more places,” said a Waymo spokesperson.

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