March 20, 2017
SMART GOES ALL-ELECTRIC IN NORTH AMERICA
Mercedes-Benz Canada has announced that the smart fortwo (coupe and cabrio) in Canada will consist of only electric drive models.
Fourth generation smart fortwo electric drive models will launch in July 2017. Gasoline-powered smart fortwo models in Canada and the United States will be discontinued after model year 2017.
“Electric is central to our long-term powertrain strategy, and the smart fortwo electric drive will play an important role in carrying this forward in the immediate future,” said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “The dedicated focus on the electric drive in Canada provides a logical step to support a sustainable, zero emissions future.”
Owners of gasoline smart fortwo models will continue to have access to service and parts from Mercedes-Benz authorized dealers.
March 13, 2017
CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD PUTTING DOWN ROOTS
Category finalists have been selected for the 2017 Canadian Green Car Award, now in its fifth year. The overall winner will be named at the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario on April 7, 2017.
“The list of nominee vehicles demonstrates the impressive development of all forms of green vehicles,” says Eric Novak, co-creator of the annual Award. “Exciting new technologies and designs in everything from economy cars to minivans mean that green cars are increasingly appealing to all segments of the automotive market, and selecting winners will be a daunting challenge for the judges.”
The category finalists are:
Zero Emission (Battery-Electric Or Fuel Cell) - Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Focus EV, Hyundai Ioniq.
Plug-In Hybrid - Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Chevrolet Volt.
Hybrid - Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Hyundai Ioniq HEV, Kia Niro HEV.
Efficient Gasoline Or Diesel Internal Combustion - Honda Civic, Jaguar XF 2.0D, Chevrolet Cruze.
Efficient Three-Row Vehicle - Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda 5.
Fun Car - Jaguar XE 2.0D, Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X.
Category winners will be announced near the end of March, at which point a final round of judging will take place to decide a winner.
“Green cars are rapidly becoming more diverse and better able to meet the needs of all drivers and their families,” says Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO, Green Living Enterprises, which operates the Show and will host the Award ceremony. Show attendees will have the opportunity to view and test drive vehicles with the most innovative technologies on the market.
March 6, 2017
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS IN QUEBEC EV CHARGING STATION COMPANY
The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest up to $7 million to help develop advanced electric-vehicle charging stations across Canada. The announcement was made at AddEnergie’s Shawinigan plant in Quebec, the recipient of the funding.
"With smart and strategic investments in transportation, we will not only reduce carbon pollution, but we will create well-paying jobs and improve our quality of life at home, at work, and in our communities,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “Electric cars are becoming cheaper and more efficient and are part of the solution to fight climate change. By investing in charging stations, our government can make these cars an easier choice for Canadians."
Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade, made the announcement on behalf of Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources.
"This federal investment of up to $7 million to support AddEnergie, a flagship of Mauricie, will help position us as world leaders in clean energy in the years to come,” said Champagne. “That's more great news for economic growth and job creation in our region."
AddEnergie is a Quebec-based EV charging company. It will use the investment to install over 1,000 new charging stations across Canada by 2019. It will also develop next-generation fast charging stations, as well as other technologies that will allow for homes, business and cities to get more charging stations.
"This support will help us strengthen our position as a Canadian leader in charging solutions for electric vehicles and allow us to work with other innovative companies to shape the future of transportation, said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO, AddEnergie.
February 3, 2017
OEMS COLLABORATE ON HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS
General Motors and Honda will collaborate on a manufacturing joint venture to mass produce hydrogen fuel cell systems that will be used in future products from the companies.
The joint venture will be named Fuel Cell System Manufacturing, LLC and operate at GM Brownstown, Michigan battery pack manufacturing facility. Almost 100 new jobs are expected will the mass production of the fuel cell systems beginning around 2020. Both companies have committed an equal amount to the venture, which totals $85 million.
“The combination of two leaders in fuel cell innovation is an exciting development in bringing fuel cells closer to the mainstream of propulsion applications,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The eventual deployment of this technology in passenger vehicles will create more differentiated and environmentally friendly transportation options for consumers.”
GM and Honda have been working together as part of a master collaboration agreement since July 2013.
“Over the past three years, engineers from Honda and GM have been working as one team with each company providing know-how from its unique expertise to create a compact and low-cost next-gen fuel cell system,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, chief operating officer of the North American Region for Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and president of Honda North America, Inc. “This foundation of outstanding teamwork will now take us to the stage of joint mass production of a fuel cell system that will help each company create new value for our customers in fuel cell vehicles of the future.”
The companies are also collaborating on reducing the cost of development and manufacturing through economies of scale and common sourcing.
GM and Honda are working together to reduce the cost of development and manufacturing through economies of scale and common sourcing.
January 3, 2017
KIA NIRO SETS WORLD RECORD
The 2017 Kia Niro crossover hybrid set a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption driving across the USA from coast to coast in a hybrid car. Niro did the 3715.4 miles trek using 4.1 tanks of gas (48.5 gallons) and getting 76.6 miles per gallon.
“We’re extremely pleased with the Niro’s record-breaking performance,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “We set out to build a vehicle that offers real-world utility, great looks and fantastic mileage, and setting the Guinness World Record® title confirms our achievement.”
The record setting vehicle was a Kia Niro EX and was driven by Wayne Gerdes of Carlsbad, California, and co-driver Robert Winger of Williamsburg, Virginia. The vehicle was a stock model and was not altered in anyway.
Niro is Kia’s first dedicated hybrid. It will be available in showrooms the first quarter of 2017.
December 22, 2016
WAYMO GETS WAY MORE CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRIDS
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project) announced that 100 unique Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans have been produced. The vehicles will be fitted with Waymo’s self-driving technology, which includes a computer, sensors, telematics, and other systems.
“As consumers’ transportation needs evolve, strategic collaborations such as this one are vital to promoting a culture of innovation, safety and technology,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. “Our partnership with Waymo enables FCA to directly address the opportunities and challenges the automotive industry faces as we quickly approach a future where fully self-driving vehicles are very much a part of our daily lives.”
The collaboration had both FCA and Waymo engineers work together to be able to integrate Waymo’s system into the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Modifications were made to the electrical, powertrain, chassis and structural systems to help optimize the vehicle to work with the self-driving system.
“The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet. FCA’s product development and manufacturing teams have been agile partners, enabling us to go from program kickoff to full vehicle assembly in just six months,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “They've been great partners, and we look forward to continued teamwork with them as we move into 2017.”
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will join Waymo’s self-driving test fleet in early 2017.
December 9, 2016
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA FAST CHARGING STATION INVESTMENT
The Government of Canada announced they will help AddÉnergie, a Canadian company who develops EV recharging technology, to install fast charging station for EVs at 25 Canadian Tire locations in Ontario.
“Fuels and technologies adopted today will determine the mix of transportation options on Canada’s roads in 2030. By establishing new infrastructure, we are setting Canada’s transportation system on a path to a lower-carbon future while creating jobs for middle-class Canadians,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
The Government will provide half of $1.8 million of the investment.
“We are building the transportation system of the future by investing today in system electrification and renewable fuels. Not only will this put us on the leading edge of change, it will result in significant reductions in air emissions and limit air pollution for all Canadians,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
The investment is part of the Government of Canada plan to help create a cleaner transportation sector. This will be done by expanding the infrastructure that allows for electric and alternative fuel vehicles.
“As a company, we understand that our actions have the power to positively impact the environment, our customers and the communities in which we operate, and that is why we never stop looking for ways to integrate new and innovative sustainable practices into our business strategy,” said Bruce Allen, President, Canadian Tire Petroleum . “This pilot project is at the forefront of innovation, and we are proud to partner with AddÉnergie to bring electric vehicle fast-charging stations to Ontario communities as a first step in delivering this clean technology to Canadian consumers.”
December 6, 2016
FIRST CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRID ROLLS OFF LINE
“The nearly 5,900 employees at Windsor Assembly are bringing more than 33 years of minivan production knowledge and expertise to the launch of the Pacifica Hybrid,” said Brian Harlow, Head of Manufacturing, FCA – North America. “They understand, now more than ever, how critical it is for our manufacturing processes to be directly connected to our diverse and expanding customer base.
Since 1983, when the minivan was launched, the Windsor plant has built 10 million of the over 14.3 million minivans that have been sold.
“Building the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Chrysler Pacifica with the traditional gas powertrain, and now the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the same assembly line requires the expanded application of World Class Manufacturing methods and tools to assure we deliver world-class quality in every vehicle we make,” said Harlow. “The Windsor team is proud to build the industry’s first hybrid minivan and is confident that it will provide a positive and delightful experience to our future customers.”
The hybrid version will a range of 53 kilometres on electric power from its 16kWh lithium-ion battery. It has a fuel ecnomy rating of 2.6 Le/100km.
October 21, 2016
CANADIAN LINEN TAKE DELIVERY OF FIRST CNG STEP VAN
“Canadian Linen is absolutely committed to the environment and expanding our alternative fuels program across the company,” said Bill Evans, President and CEO, Canadian Linen. “The company has a strong track record of piloting and incorporating new technology into our delivery operations. We are setting a new standard for clean operations in our industry and continue to invest resources to leverage and help advance green technologies.”
The CNG step vans will be put into the fleet over the coming months to help reduce the company’s carbon footprint. A reduction of 24 per cent in carbon emissions is expected compared to diesel vehicles.
The CNG step vans use a six litre General Motors engine, are manufactured by Freightliner Custom Chassis and Morgan Olson, and the conversion is done by Green Alternative Systems.
“We are extremely excited to be adding these CNG trucks at our facility,” said Kris Groom, General Manager of the Vancouver branch. “I look forward to incorporating the vehicles into our delivery operations and taking advantage of the many financial and environmental benefits of this new technology.”
After the 20 new CNG vehicles are in use, Canadian Linen will have 36 CNG trucks, 16 propane trucks and two electric vehicles in operation.
October 17, 2016
TESLA MODEL S NOW AVAILABLE AT ECOMOTO
Ecomoto has announced it now has Tesla Model S vehicles available for rent. The vehicles are available for rent through www.ecomoto.ca. Ecomoto is offering the Tesla Model S for a promotional price of $199 per day (+tax) for a rental of three days or more (including insurance).
“With Ecomoto, you get the best electric cars on the market and we deliver the car right to you,” said Philippe Corbeil, president of Ecomoto. Ecomoto is offering the Tesla Model S for a promotional price of $199 per day (+tax) for a rental of three days or more (including insurance).
Ecomoto started to offer electric rental cars in July. iT currently also offers Nissan LEAF EVs. Ecomoto is offering the Tesla Model S for a promotional price of $199 per day (+tax) for a rental of three days or more (including insurance).
Ecomoto is offering the Tesla Model S for a promotional price of $199 per day (+tax) for a rental of three days or more (including insurance).
August 11, 2016
HYUNDAI DELIVERS HYDROGEN FUEL CELL TUCSON TO QUEBEC CUSTOMER
Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., delivered its hydrogen-powered Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV), to Paul-Yvan Deschęnes with the Centre de Gestion de l'Equipment Roulant (CGER). Customers in British Columbia and Ontario have also received the FCEV.
"The CGER is always pushing the boundaries of automotive fleets to reduce gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions," said Deschęnes. "We have been studying Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle technology for many years and have been waiting for it to become available in Canada. With over 420 kilometres of range, seating for five, only pure water vapour as exhaust, and only five minutes to refuel, the Tucson Fuel Cell is an excellent addition to our advanced vehicle fleet."
CGER manages vehicles fleets for provincial ministries in Quebec, and the lease is in partnership with the Hydrogen Research Institute of Trois-Rivieres at the University of Québec where the vehicle will be refueled.
"It's no coincidence that we can find the advanced Tucson Fuel Cell in three of Canada's most populous provinces," said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. "When we took that first, necessary step with the technology in bringing the Tucson Fuel Cell into the market, it ignited conversations with Government, customers, and infrastructure companies across the country. The interest and demand for Fuel Cell vehicles is palpable. As access to hydrogen refueling facilities improves, so too will Hyundai's Fuel Cell vehicle. I am immensely proud to be with Hyundai at the forefront of this burgeoning movement."
August 9, 2016
NISSAN INTRODUCES FIRST SOLID OXIDE FUEL-CELL POWERED VEHICLE
Nissan Motor Company has unveiled a prototype vehicle which is powered by a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) and runs on bio-ethanol electric power.
“The e-Bio Fuel-Cell offers eco-friendly transportation and creates opportunities for regional energy production…all the while supporting the existing infrastructure,” said Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan. “In the future, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell will become even more user-friendly. Ethanol-blended water is easier and safer to handle than most other fuels. Without the need to create new infrastructure, it has great potential to drive market growth.”
The prototype is a Nissan e-NV200, that offers the following specifications: battery capacity at 24kWh, energy source being electricity and ethanol, tank capacity of 30 litres, SOFC output of 5Kw, and a driving range of over 600 kilometres.
August 2, 2016
VANCOUVER GETS EVEN GREENER
Ecomoto Inc., a rental agency specializing in electric vehicles, has launched in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company operates a fleet of Nissan LEAFs.
“Car rental agencies specialized in more environmentally friendly cars like hybrids and 100 per cent electric cars have started to emerge around the world over the last few years but Ecomoto is the first car rental agency to exclusively offer 100 per cent electric cars in Vancouver,” said Philippe Corbeil, CEO, Ecomoto. “The Nissan Leaf is the best of the affordable electric cars on the market right now. Its 30 kwh battery pack allows you to drive approximately 172km on one charge.”
Ecomoto does not have a storefront location, rather it works on an appointment only basis. Customers can reserve a car at www.ecomoto.ca or by calling (778) 847-6686. Vehicles are picked up at Ecomoto’s parking lot or delivered to any Canada Line Skytrain station or the Vancouver International Airport, free of charge. An additional fee is required for local deliveries to other locations.
Ecomoto service is currently available in the metro Vancouver area, but the company expects to expand to other area as demand increases, as well as add other electric vehicles to its fleet in the future.
July 18, 2016
ONTARIO GROWS EV CHARGING NETWORK
The Province of Ontario will build nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations at over 250 locations in the province. Ontario will invest $20 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to build over 200 Level 3 and nearly 300 Level charging stations. the network is expected to be up and running by March 31, 2017.
“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we are encouraging more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.
Ontario is working with 24 public and private sector partners to create the network of public charging EV stations in the province.
“Transportation is one of the single biggest contributors to climate change,” said Glen R. Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. “Supporting more charging stations across the province will help to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by making it more convenient for drivers of electric vehicles to get around.”
June 27, 2016
MONTREAL ALL CHARGED UP OVER EVS29
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June 17, 2016
AJAC ECORUN HIGHLIGHTS FUEL ECONOMY
The fifth annual Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) EcoRun took place in Ontario this year. The two-day event involved 27 AJAC journalists in vehicles supplied by 15 vehicle manufacturers.
Vehicles participating at the annual EcoRun (Photo credit: AJAC)
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May 27, 2016
TOYOTA REACHES NINE MILLION HYBRID SALES LEVEL
Toyota Motor Corporation has hit the cumulative nine million units sold mark for its hybrid vehicles (including plug-in hybrids) worldwide. Of those, 120,000 were sold in Canada.
Toyota introduced a new fourth-generation Prius and a RAV4 hybrid to the lineup recently. It sells hybrids in over 90 countries and regions.
The Prius hybrid was first launched in December 1997.
April 26, 2016
NEARLY HALF OF CANADIANS WOULD CONSIDER ELECTIC OR HYBRID VEHICLE: SURVEY
According to a survey by Kanetix.ca, 48.7 per cent of Canadian would consider an electric or hybrid vehicle the next time they purchase a car.
"There has been a growing narrative around the benefits of electric car use in Canada, both from an environmental and financial aspect," says Andrew Lo, Chief Operating Officer at Kanetix Ltd. "Cash purchase rebates and an increase in charging stations have helped improve EV and hybrid market share in Canada's largest markets. Such incentives not only support provinces' green transportation strategies, but consumers' wallets as well."
The survey polled 3,769 respondents in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
Breaking things down by province, 64.5 per cent of Nova Scotia respondents would consider an electric vehicle; 54.9 per cent of British Columbia respondents would consider an EV; Ontario and Quebec both had 45 per cent of respondents consider an EV; and Alberta had a total of 44.9 per cent of respondents consider an EV.
April 18, 2016
CHEVROLET VOLT WINS CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD
The 2016 Canadian Green Car Award was presented to the Chevrolet Volt at the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario.
Nicolas Longpre, Assistant Brand Manager,Chevrolet Canada, accepts the 2016 Canadian Green Car Award at the Green Living Show.
“Chevrolet is honoured to receive the 2016 Canadian Green Car Award here at the Green Living Show, as it reinforces our leadership and commitment to electrification of the automobile,” said Nicolas Longpre, assistant brand manager, Chevrolet Canada. “With up to 85 kilometres of EV range, the second-generation Volt is a no-compromise electric vehicle that eliminates range anxiety with its on-board generator, making it the most innovative plug-in vehicle in the industry.”
The Volt beat out five other category winners for the award.
The award was presented to Nicolas Longpre, Assistant Brand Manager with Chevrolet Canada by Tim Gray, Executive-Director of Environmental Defence,
“I’d like to congratulate Chevrolet, the other category winners, and all the manufacturers who every year make it increasingly difficult for the judges to assess vehicles for the Canadian Green Car Award, but better for consumers,” said Laurie Simmonds, CEO, Green Living Enterprises. “The Award finalists on display at the Green Living Show represent the best in class, but they also reflect the manufacturers’ commitment to improving and greening all of their products, whether propelled by gasoline, battery power, fuel cells or a combination of these technologies.
April 11, 2016
FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2016 CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD
Six finalists have been selected for the 2016 Canadian Green Car Award. The overall winner will be named at the Green Living Show in Toronto, Ontario on April 15.
The finalists are:
Battery-electric - Nissan LEAF
Plug-in hybrid - Chevrolet Volt
Hybrid - Sonata Hybrid
Efficient internal combustion - Mazda3 GS
Efficient three-row family vehicle - Volvo XC90 T6
Fun Car - Tesla Model S P90D
“This is an exciting time to be involved in the automotive industry, as manufacturers develop new technologies to improve the environmental performance of their products,” said Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO, Green Living Enterprises, which operates the annual Green Living Show. “This continuing progress, combined with the proliferation of choices, means hard work for the judges, who have to choose from among an array of outstanding vehicles. But as visitors to the Show will see, it’s nothing but great news for consumers.”
March 24, 2016
MAZDA CX3 WINS FIRST AJAC CANADIAN GREEN UTILITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Mazda CX-3 has been selected as the 2016 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year at the Vancouver International Auto Show in Vancouver, British Columbia, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
Accepting the award Scot Rasmussen, Regional Manager, Western Region, Mazda Canada, presenting is Kevin Corrigan, background is Bob McHugh, AJAC.
PHOTO CREDIT: AJAC.
“We are very proud to accept the award for Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, which goes hand-in-hand with the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award that AJAC presented to the CX-3 at the Toronto auto show,” said Kory Koreeda, President, Mazda Canada. “The CX-3 has proven itself to be an extremely capable vehicle, not only representing the style, vehicle dynamics and all-wheel drive that consumers are looking for, but also excellent fuel economy which allows consumers to have the best of both worlds – that is, capability in any weather without the fuel penalty often associated with owning an AWD utility vehicle.“
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