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January 18, 2018
ONTARIO INCENTIVES FOR WORKPLACE CHARGING STATIONS
The Government of Ontario plans to cover part of the capital costs of installing level two electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces. The announcement was part of the government’s new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program, and took place at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

"The electrification of transportation is happening fast, and the Ontario government is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to meet this demand. By building more electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces across Ontario, we’re also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle and building Ontario’s future," Said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

The program will cover 80 per cent (up to $7,500 per charging space) of the capital costs of installing the chargers. Employers and commercial building owners who wish to offer EV charging stations to their employees or tenants can now apply. The application process will continue until the funding for the program has been used. Applications will be reviewed and process as they are received.

"Charging stations at workplaces will make it easier for people to choose electric vehicles and is one of the many ways we’re taking action to reduce harmful greenhouse gas pollution from transportation – the largest source of emissions in Ontario. This investment demonstrates how our Climate Change Action Plan and the carbon market are working together to help our province meet its short and long-term emission reduction targets," Said Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

An estimated 1,300 public charger are currently available in Ontario.

"The Ministry of Transportation’s leadership role in implementing effective policies aimed at advancing electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Ontario is transforming the transportation sector. As well, the world’s first Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre is attracting interest from every corner of the province and around the world. These initiatives are making an impact with Ontario leading EV sales in the country for the last two quarters in 2017. Today’s announcement regarding workplace charging incentives makes us incredibly optimistic about the future acceleration of EV uptake. In order to jumpstart workplace charging, Plug’n Drive will be announcing a campaign in the near future to educate employers and employees about the benefits of driving electric," said Cara Clairman, President and CEO, Plug’n Drive.


January 18, 2018
INFINITI TO OFFER ELECTRIFIED POWERTRAINS BY 2021
INFINITI Motor Company plans to offer electrified powertrains on its vehicles beginning in 2021. The company plans to offer electric vehicles as well as those using its e-POWER technology.

INFINITI e-POWER uses a small gasoline engine which charges the battery, with no external charging required. The technology allows for a EV driving experience with the convenience of refueling with gasoline.

INFINITI believes half its global sales will be EVs by 2025.


January 17, 2018
LOOK MA, NO HANDS, FEET OR EYES!

General Motors has filed a safety petition with the U.S. Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation Cruise AV self-driving vehicle, a production ready vehicle built to can operate safely on its own.

The vehicle can operate without a driver, steering wheel, pedals or any manual controls. It uses Lidar, (high-precision laser sensors that detect fixed and moving objects,) long-range radars (measure velocity and detect vehicles), short-range radar (detect any objects around vehicle), articulating radars (detect vehicles in motion at long range over a wide field of view), and cameras (which detect and track cyclists, pedestrians, traffic lights and any other space). In all there are 16 cameras, 21 radars, and five lidars; which scan 360 degrees around the vehicle.

Cruise AV uses redundancy and diversity when it comes to safety. Systems included on the vehicle are self-driving computer, vehicle localization, electric power, steering and braking, signal communications, perception sensors, redundant collision detection, integrated vehicle health monitor and system robustness. Topping things off, the Cruise AV is a zero-emission vehicle.

General Motors vision is to have zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.



January 8, 2018

DOUBLING DOWN ON ETHANOL

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change proposed an amendment to Ontario’s rule of a minimum five per cent ethanol content in gasoline sold commercially, that is currently in sync with the Federal standard. The new proposal would double the ethanol requirement in gasoline from five to 10 per cent by 2020, making Ontario’s requirements the highest in the country, followed by Manitoba and Saskatchewan at 8.5 and seven per cent respectively. According to Natural Resources Canada, a 10 per cent ethanol blend reduces greenhouse gas emissions by three to four per cent while increasing fuel consumption by two per cent due to ethanol’s lower energy content compared to gasoline.



January 2, 2018

ONTARIO INTRODUCES GREEN COMMERCIAL VEHICLE PROGRAM

The Government of Ontario has introduced the Green Commercial Vehicle Program, which will offer rebates towards the purchases of alternative fuel vehicles and fuel saving devices. The investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan.

“We hope the program will encourage more businesses to make the switch to low-carbon vehicles that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “We’re committed to working with our partners and local businesses to modernize the way we do business and keep Ontario an attractive and sustainable place to work.”

Eligible vehicles include new electric trucks with incentives of up to $75,000, new class 6 to 8 natural gas trucks with incentives up to $30,000. Class 6 to 8 conversions from conventional fuel to natural gas are eligible for incentives of up to $30,000 and dual fuel retrofits (natural gas and diesel, class 8 only) can receive incentives of up to $7,500 ($15,000 f or LCV).

“Reducing greenhouse gas pollution from vehicles is one of the most important actions we can take to fight climate change,” said Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. “This investment will make it easier for businesses with commercial fleets to purchase and use alternative-fuel vehicles and fuel-saving devices. The Green Commercial Vehicle program demonstrates how our Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market work together to help businesses save money while they reduce their carbon footprint.”

Incentives are also available for fuel saving devices, such as: side skirts, boat tails, conventional and electric auxiliary power units, cab heaters and coolers, and refrigeration.

Applications for the program will start to be accepted in early 2018.



December 21, 2017

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA UPDATES GREENING GOVERNMENT STRATEGY

The government of canada announced its plans to reduce its GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 (relative to 2005 levels). The new target is part of the new Greening Government Strategy which is a renewal and expansion of greening government operations.

As part of the targets, all executive vehicle purchases will now be hybrid or zero-emission vehicles beginning in 2018. Also, the government’s administrative fleet will be at least 80 per cent zero-emission vehicles by 2030.


December 4, 2017
LOBLAW GOES ELECTRIC

Tesla Semi.
Loblaw Companies Limited has placed an order for 25 of Tesla’s Semi trucks for its fleet when they are available.

“As part of our recent commitment to electrify our fleet, we have been in discussions with Tesla. We’ve placed an order for 25 trucks and will have them in Canada as soon as they’re available,” said Catherine Thomas, Senior Director, External Communication, Loblaw Companies Limited.


Loblaw also recently unveiled a 53-foot fully electric Class 8 truck manufactured by BYD. The company plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent by 2030, which includes replacing diesel powered transport trucks with electric.

"As one of Canada's largest energy users, given the size and scope of our retail network and supply chain, we know we have a critical role to play in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets," said Rob Wiebe, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, Loblaw Companies Limited. "We are committed to leading responsibly in this area, working with our partners like BYD for sustainable solutions to help our company, and our country, meet those goals."


November 20, 2017
CHRYSLER PACIFICA HYBRID NAMED 2018 BEST CAR TO BUY

Green Car Reports has named the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as its 2018 Best Car to Buy.

"The Chrysler Pacifica wins because it's a one-of-a-kind vehicle: the sole seven-seat minivan with a plug-in hybrid powertrain sold in the U.S. this year,” said John Voelcker, senior editor at Green Car Reports. “Not only does it offer all the virtues of the well-received Chrysler Pacifica, it offers substantial real-world electric range — 30 miles or more in most cases — and much better fuel economy when operating as a hybrid.”

The award is given to the vehicle that editors choose as the most important green car available for the current model year. Main factors considered are technology, practicality and impact on the environment.

“The virtues of the basic Chrysler Pacifica are well-documented: it's stylish, with an interior design far more elegant than you'd expect, plus excellent controls and interactive displays and more family-friendly features than we have space to cover,” said Voelcker. “Adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to that package, at a price that's essentially offset by the full federal income-tax credit, makes a very good vehicle exceptional.”


November 3, 2017
MITSUBISHI FUSO INTRODUCES E-FUSO

E-FUSO Vision One.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, part of Daimler Trucks, has introduced E-FUSO, an electric mobility brand for trucks and buses, at the Tokyo Motor Show. As part of the announcement, the company unveiled the E-FUSO Vision One, an all-electric HD truck concept.

“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range. FUSO has been a pioneer in the electrification of trucks for many years. Just one month ago we launched our eCanter, the first serial-produced, all-electric light duty truck. In the future, all our electrified vehicles will run under the name of E-FUSO, our new product brand dedicated exclusively to electric trucks and buses,” said Marc Llistosella, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia. “With the eCanter, we have proven electric trucks are feasible for commercialization. Today, our eCanter saves up to $1,900 in running costs per 10,000 mi. And with the rapidly evolving battery technology, we will continue to develop electric trucks and buses that will have a positive environmental and economic impact on society.”

Vision One has a range of 200 miles per charge, it can be fitted with batteries up to 300 kWh, has aGVW of 23 tons, and a payload of around 11 tons (two tons less than a diesel model).

FUSO plans to have an electric powertrain alternative for all its truck and bus models in the coming years. Launch times will depend on feasibility and required technology.


October 23, 2017
VOLVO CARS POLESTAR BECOMES ELECTRIC PERFORMANCE BRAND

Polestar, Volvo Car Group’s performance brand, will now be a standalone electric performance brand, with its first vehicle the Polestar 1 to be available mid-2019.

Polestar 1, a two-door 2+2 will offer 600 horsepower and approximately 738 foot/pounds of torque (1,000 Nm), is an electric performance hybrid with electric only range of 150 kilometers, supported by an internal combustion engine. It will offer a double electric rear axle, enabling torque vectoring, as well as offering a carbon fibre body (reducing weight, and increasing torsional stiffness), and uses Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture and Öhlins Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension.


“Polestar 1 is the first car to carry the Polestar on the bonnet. A beautiful GT with amazing technology packed into it - a great start for our new Polestar brand,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer, Polestar. “All future cars from Polestar will feature a fully electric drivetrain, delivering on our brand vision of being the new standalone electric performance brand."

Polestar 2 model will be a mid-sized battery-electric vehicle and will start production later in 2019, while Polestar 3, a SUV-style vehicle, will complete the initial product roll out.

The vehicles are not available for purchase, rather the the company will offer them on a two or three year subscription basis. Car ordering is 100 per cent online, and the all-inclusive no deposit monthly subscription payment includes pick-up and delivery for servicing and allows for rental of other vehicles in the Volvo and Polestar portfolio.

Polestar vehicles will be built at a purpose-built production centre in Chengdu, China, set for completion in mid-2018. Volvo Cars and Geely Holdings has invested 640 million EURO into the Polestar product, brand and industrial development, including the production centre.


October 10, 2017
GENERAL MOTORS TO UNVEIL PLETHORA OF EVS

General Motors has announced it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, with two being introduced in the next 18 months.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice-President of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs.”

The announcement is part of GM’s vision of the world with zero crash, zero emission and zero congestion. GM plans to base the new vehicles off what they have learned from the Bolt EV.

GM also introduced SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure), a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame driven by two electric motors.


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