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401 GAINS CNG STATIONS
Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership, affiliate of Union Gas Limited - an Enbridge Company, will build three compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations along Highway 401 in Ontario, as part of a contractual agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

"The transportation industry represents one of the largest challenges in achieving emission reduction targets for its sector," said Sarah Van Der Pelt, Vice-President, Union Energy Solutions Limited Partnership. "Today, about 11 million passenger and commercial vehicles regularly travel Ontario roads. These CNG stations will be among the first along the Hwy 401 corridor and will provide a more affordable and cleaner-burning fuel alternative thereby reducing greenhouse gases and giving fleet owners incentive to consider moving away from conventional fuels such as gasoline and diesel thereby reducing emissions."

Construction will begin in spring 2018. The three station placements are:
· Husky Travel Centre – Windsor
· Shell Flying J - between London and Woodstock
· Shell Flying J – Napanee

"Natural gas as a transportation fuel is the best solution to deliver emission reductions associated with diesel fuel from our highways, roads and communities," said Chad Lindholm, Vice President of Sales at Clean Energy. "This network of CNG stations will enable heavy-duty truck fleets to confidently travel these routes ensuring they have sufficient fuel as they cross Canadian and provincial borders as well as travelling into the United States."

Clean Energy will design and build the stations. It has a network of over 570 natural gas fueling stations that it owns and/or operates in 43 U.S. states and other provinces in Canada.


GATHERNG LEAFS IN MONTREAL

The City of Montreal will be adding 100 2018 Nissan LEAF EVs to its fleet.

“We are delighted to see the commitment of the City of Montreal to zero-emission mobility and to see that the Nissan LEAF will play a major role in helping them achieve their goals,” said Joni Paiva, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “The Nissan LEAF is the ideal vehicle for corporate fleets and the City of Montreal is a great example. They slowly integrated EV vehicles into their fleet over the past couple of years, which allowed the assigned drivers to get familiar with this new way of driving. The Nissan LEAF offers a very compelling value proposition, especially for fleet operators. The Nissan LEAF dramatically reduces the costs of regular maintenance time and costs due to not having an engine, and now more than ever, there’s significant savings when driving fully-electric.”

Once delivered, Montreal will have over 200 Nissan LEAFs in service. Currently it operates 129 Evs, of which 107 are first generation Nissan LEAF vehicles. Its first EV was acquired in 2009, and its first LEAF was added in 2011.

“In 2005, the City of Montreal committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 compared to its 1990 emissions. One of the most important means of combating greenhouse gas emissions includes the electrification of part of the vehicle fleet, and we take this top priority very seriously. For example, the City of Montreal owned 18 fully electric vehicles in 2015, it currently owns 129 and it will own close to 230 by the end of the year. The addition of 100 new Nissan LEAF fully-electric vehicles into our fleet is very good news,” said Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal.

The city will use the vehicles for inspection services in the building sector, or public services in the architectural, landscaping, urban planning and urban development sectors.


GREEN CAR WINNERS

The Chevrolet Bolt was named overall winner of the 2018 Canadian Green Car Award, making it two years in a row to hold the title. It marks the third year in a row for a Chevrolet product to win the award.

“Chevrolet is honoured to accept the Canadian Green Car Award for the third consecutive year”, said Ester Bucci, Brand, Product and Technology Communications Manager, Chevrolet Canada. “This award reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to offering an affordable, world-changing vehicle that delivers on the promise of an electric car for the masses. Chevrolet is dedicated to continued innovation in electrification, that will bring the thrill of driving an electric vehicle to many more Canadians.”

Bolt was selected by a panel of Canadian automotive journalists from category winners. It had won the Zero Emission category. Criteria for assessments of the vehicles included: fuel consumption, emissions and price, as well as judge’s evaluation of performance, driving experience, value, features and green qualities.

The Hyundai Ioniq won the award for 2018 Canadian Green Car Award for Traditional Hybrid Electric category.

"The Ioniq offers an engaging driving experience, has an incredibly advanced powertrain, and is undoubtedly one of the most attractive vehicles in the Hyundai line-up," says Lawrence Hamilton, Director of Marketing with Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. "In fact, the Ioniq Hybrid is rated as the most fuel efficient vehicle in Canada, so it stands to reason the car would perform extremely well in the Canadian Green Car Award competition. On behalf of my colleagues at Hyundai, and especially those in our R&D facilities that worked tirelessly to develop the car, I would like to thank the jury panel for recognizing the Ioniq Hybrid as a stand-out competitor."

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid won the Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle category as part of the Canadian Green Car Awards.

“We are proud to have expert, third-party recognition for Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid from the judges of the Canadian Green Car Awards,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “The Pacifica Hybrid’s combination of game-changing efficiency, seating for seven, cutting-edge technology and 100-plus advanced safety features are unmatched in the industry.”

The 2018 Honda Civic was named Canadian Green Car Award winner in the Best Internal Combustion Engine category for the second year in a row.

"Honda has a long and storied history of developing reliable, fuel efficient vehicles like the Civic. As we work towards our global target of electrifying two-thirds of our global fleet by 2030, we'll continue to build on that history by introducing new low-emission alternative fuel vehicles to the Canadian market," said Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "We're grateful to the Canadian Green Car jurors and our loyal customers for their continued recognition and support."

The awards were presented at the Green Living Show in Toronto.


THE WEARING OF THE GREEN

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the 2018 Canadian Green Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year award winners at the Vancouver International Auto Show.

"The Green Car awards have become only more relevant over the years," said Mark Richardson, President, AJAC. "It's more important than ever for AJAC's members to recognize the most environmentally-aware vehicles that are available to Canadian drivers, and to tell the buying public about them. These vehicles are the future of transportation and they contribute in their own way to the future of our planet."


Chevrolet Bolt EV was named the 2018 Canadian Green Car of the Year winner, over other finalists Hyundai IONIQ Electric and Volkswagen e-Golf.

Kia Niro was named the 2018 Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year, over Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (which had earlier been named as the Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year), and Subaru Crosstrek.

Eligible vehicles were put through the AJAC Canadian Car of the Year program, and were also evaluated on ‘green’ criteria. Winning vehicles will be displayed throughout the Vancouver Auto Show.


ONTARIO EV INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATED
The Government of Ontario has updated its incentive program for electric vehicles by adding hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The program has been renamed the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) and now offers an incentive for purchased or leased hydrogen fuel cell vehicles of up to $14,000.

"Making it easier and more affordable for people to buy and use low-carbon transportation will help us significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation, a sector that contributes more than one third of the province’s emissions,” said Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. This initiative is made possible by capping the greenhouse gas pollution businesses can emit and investing the proceeds from our carbon market, through the Climate Change Action Plan, into projects that reduce harmful emissions and make life better for Ontario residents."

Other changes to the program include the elimination of incentives for any vehicles with a MSRP over $75,000 and for EVs leased for three years or less. A new incentive structure has been introduced for BEVs and PHEVs to be based on range and seating capacity, with incentives ranging from $7,000 to $14,000.

Additionally, the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program provides an incentive of up to $1,000 towards purchase and installation of fast charging equipment for home or business.

A complete list of eligible vehicles and their incentive can be found here: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/vehicles/electric/electric-vehicle-rebate.shtml.


WORKPLACE EV CHARGING INCENTIVES EXHAUSTED
As of February 23, the Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (WEVCIP) that launched on January 16 has exhausted its funds.

The program’s web site states: “applications have now closed as the program funds have been exhausted. If you have already submitted your application and did not receive a notification of approval, you will be placed on a waitlist (subject to eligibility). Funding may become available as projects are completed or if additional funding is identified.”

WEVCIP offered $5 million to help promote EVs by helping workplaces, building owners and managers to install EV charging stations.

“The quick uptake of WEVCIP funds reveals a huge latent demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in Ontario,” said Zachary Lefevre, President, Meo Electric. “We’re thrilled by the eagerness businesses across the province have shown to support workplace charging.”

MTO is contributing a maximum of $7,500 per charging stations to be built as part of the program.


4R STRATEGY PAYS OFF

General Motors Canada manufacturing facilities are now 100 per cent landfill-free. Oshawa Assembly and the Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) Oshawa Campus joined St. Catharines Propulsion and CAMI Assembly (who have been landfill-free since 2008 and 2014, respectively).

“Diverting waste from landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering waste -- including cutting GHGs from transporting and landfilling waste, and in the supply chain -- roughly offsets the total GHG emissions from our manufacturing operations,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada.

GM now has 142 global facilities that recycle, reuse or convert-to-energy all waste from daily operations.

The company also recently proposed to build a 6.4 megawatt co-generation plant at its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


February 7, 2018
SUNCOR TO ADD OVER 150 DRIVERLESS ORE TRUCKS

Suncor will phase in autonomous haulage systems (AHS) in over 150 autonomous haul trucks at its mines, over the next six years.

"To be the very first company to test these systems and implement them at a commercial scale in our oil sands mining operations speaks to our long history of embracing and implementing game changing technologies - it's simply part of our DNA." said Mark Little, chief operating officer, Suncor.

The first mine to see AHS will be North Steepbank mine. Suncor conducted four years of evaluations and found that the technology over enhanced safety, better operating efficiency, and lower operating costs, over existing truck and shovel operations. The trucks have a series of safety features including obstacle detection systems and prescribed route mapping.

"Safety is our number one value at Suncor. Autonomous haulage systems reduce interaction between people and equipment, which decreases incident rates and injury potential - helping us ensure everyone goes home safely at the end of every day," said Little.

Suncor expects that as a result of the introduction of AHS, approximately 400 heavy equipment operations positions at Base Plant will be eliminated, but not before 2019. Roles and required skill sets for employees at the company will change over time.


January 31, 2018
WAYMO GETS WAY MORE PACIFICA HYBRIDS

FCA US LLC will provide Waymo with thousands of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles to support its launch of a driverless ride-hailing service.

“In order to move quickly and efficiently in autonomy, it is essential to partner with like-minded technology leaders,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. “Our partnership with Waymo continues to grow and strengthen; this represents the latest sign of our commitment to this technology.”


Waymo will open its autonomous ride-hailing service (a world first) to the public this year in Phoenix, Arizona. The additional vehicles will help Waymo to expand its service to more U.S. cities. It previously tested the technology in 25 cities across the U.S.

“With the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving vehicles on the road, we’ve moved from research and development, to operations and deployment,” said John Krafcik, CEO, Waymo. “The Pacifica Hybrid minivans offer a versatile interior and a comfortable ride experience, and these additional vehicles will help us scale.”

Waymo received 500 Pacifica Hybrid vehicles in 2017 and 100 in 2016, which were adapted for self-driving, from FCA.


January 31, 2018
MAZDA FUEL ECONOMY #1
For the fifth year in a row, Mazda has placed first in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy as part of its Light Duty Fuel Economy Trends Report. Mazda’s overall average fuel economy improved by 0.4 miles per gallon year-over-year to 29.6 mpg.

The fuel economy was based on 2016 model year vehicles. The report has summarized fuel economy trends of new passenger vehicles and light trucks since 1975. Manufacturer Adjusted Fuel Economy is the average fuel economy of all vehicles sold by a manufacturer over a one year period.

Mazda introduced SKYACTIV technology, which is a range of engines, transmissions, bodies, and chassis. A new SKYACTIV-X engine is on the horizon.


January 24, 2018
TOYOTA MIRAI LAUNCHED

Select fleets in Quebec will be the first in Canada to get the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle.

“Toyota is passionate about helping Canada, and societies around the world, enjoy a greener future – as we have outlined in our Environmental Challenge 2050. And the Mirai – a zero-emissions, production model sedan – is an important milestone as we work to achieve this,” said Martin Gilbert, Director of Sales Planning and Innovation, Toyota Canada Inc. “Working closely with the Québec government and key stakeholders, we feel the time is right to put Mirai on the road in the province.”

Toyota has been working with partners in Quebec to ensure the introduction of a fueling infrastructure in the province. Mirai will go on sale later this year.

"Québec is well positioned to become a world leader in terms of energy transition, a challenge for all modern economies”, said Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. “This challenge cannot be solved alone; it's by building strategic partnerships with companies like Toyota, which today launches the Mirai, a fuel cell electric vehicle, that we will succeed. "

Mirai’s benefits include a range of over 500 kilometers, approximately five minute refueling and cold weather reliability. The electricity produced by the fuel cell stack offers 151 horsepower and 247 foot/pounds of torque. The only byproduct is water that goes out the tailpipe..

"The arrival of the Mirai in Quebec is perfectly in line with the adoption of the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard last December, which aims to substantially increase the number of electric cars on Quebec roads”, said Isabelle Melançon, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change. “This standard will give Quebecers access to a wider range of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. Toyota's announcement demonstrates that builders are hard at work to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets we collectively set for the benefit of our planet and future generations."


January 24, 2018
HYUNDAI'S RANGE ANXIETY SOLUTION

Hyundai Auto Canada Corp will launch a mobile battery electric vehicle recharging service in Montreal, Quebec in the spring. Hyundai Charge Here will have three Ioniq EVs, which will travel to drivers who have run out of battery power, and be used as donor vehicles supplying power for 40 kilometers of range (up to 7kW of charge) in around 20 minutes.

“Hyundai is steadfastly dedicated to being a leader in the eco vehicle space and Charge Here is the natural progression of that commitment,” said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. “It’s still early days for the adoption of battery electric vehicles by customers in Canada. We often hear from customers hesitant to make the switch to an EV that they are concerned about range. Frankly, we can’t blame them as no one wants to be stranded on the side of the road. So, with Hyundai Charge Here, we’re giving EV owners peace-of-mind that Hyundai can help them get home or to a nearby charging station.”

The service will be an extension of Hyundai’s roadside assistance program, which is complimentary for five years from date of purchase of the vehicle. Charge Here will initially operate in a defined region in the greater Montreal area.

“Montreal and the province of Quebec are aggressively supporting the transformation of personal transportation to zero emissions. So much so that in the car’s first year on the market, more than 40 percent of sales of our Ioniq eco vehicle nameplate – and nearly 50% of Ioniq EV sales – came from Quebec,” said Romano.

A trunk-mounted converter, two Level 3 EV charging cables and updated software on the Ioniq EV allow it to serve as a donor vehicle. It is programed to allow for reversal of electric flow from its battery to the charge port.


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 chargers 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 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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