March 24, 2016
CHEVY VOLT CANADIAN GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR
The Chevrolet Volt has been selected as the 2016 Canadian Green Car of the Year at the Vancouver International Auto Show by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
Accepting the award is Natalie Nankil, Media Relations Manager, Chevrolet Canada, presenting is Kevin Corrigan, background is Bob McHugh, AJAC.
PHOTO CREDIT: AJAC.
“Chevrolet is honoured to receive AJAC’s Canadian Green Car of the Year award, as it reinforces our commitment to being a leader in electrification,” said Laura Pacey, brand director, Chevrolet in Canada. “The second-generation Volt is a no-compromise electric car, delivering up to 85 kilometres of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration, making it the most innovative plug-in vehicle in the industry.”
“A Green vehicle isn’t always just an electric car, or the smallest car,” said Kevin Corrigan, Chair of the Canadian Green Car Committee. “A fuel-efficient gasoline four-cylinder, or a six-cylinder luxury hybrid, can also be considered a Green vehicle in its segment of the market. Canadian consumers require environmentally-friendly transportation that meets their needs, whether it’s a small city runabout, or a large but fuel-efficient luxury product. Our intention with the Canadian Green Car of the Year program is not just to make consumers aware of environmental vehicles, but to know that we’ve tested them extensively and have chosen what we feel is the year’s best.”
January 7, 2016
CHEVROLET INTRODUCES 2017 BOLT EV AT CES
Chevrolet debuted its 2017 Bolt EV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bolt is expected to have a range of over 320 kilometres on a full charge and will go into production at the end of 2016.
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.
“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” said Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”
The Bolt will offer a more accurate range projection, based on time of day, typography, weather and driving habits. It will have Bluetooth low-energy, OnStar 4G LTE, 10.2-inch colour touch screen, rear camera mirror, surround vision, MyChevrolet mobile app, and EV navigation mapping.
January 4, 2016
FIRST CNG/PROPANE-CAPABLE FORD F-150 ROLLS OFF ASSEMBLY LINE
Ford has produced the first 2016 F-150 compressed natural gas and propane-capable off the Kansas City assembly line.
F-150 equipped with a 5.0 liter V8 engine available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and piston rings, permitting operation using natural gas, propane or gasoline through separate fuel systems.
“It’s exciting to see the first F-150s with the CNG/propane-prepped 5.0L V8 headed to customers,” said Jon Coleman, Ford Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager. “Whether running on gasoline, gaseous fuel or both, the 5.0L V8 F-150 offers hardworking customers terrific towing and payload and now, the ability to operate on alternative fuel.”
Vehicles equipped with the bi-fuel CNG/propane engine package matched to the 5.0L V8 engine are capable of 1,207 kilometres on combined tanks of gasoline and CNG, depending on tank size.
December 21, 2015
FORD INVESTMENT TO ADD 13 ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES BY 2020
Ford announced it will invest an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020, adding 13 new electrified vehicles in the process. By 2020 more than forty per cent of Ford global nameplates will be available in an electric version.
In 2016, Ford will introduce a new Focus Electric with DC fast-change capability allowing for an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes producing a projected range of 160 kilometres. The new Focus Electric will also feature SmartGauge with EcoGuide LCD instrument cluster and Brake Coach.
Ford also plans to change how the company provides vehicle experiences for customers.
“The challenge going forward isn’t who provides the most technology in a vehicle but who best organizes that technology in a way that most excites and delights people,” said Raj Nair, Executive Vice-President, Product Development. “By observing consumers, we can better understand which features and strengths users truly use and value and create even better experiences for them going forward.”
December 10, 2015
CANADIAN ENGINEERING CENTRE TO HELP BUILD AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLES
General Motors Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario has been given a mandate to take a leading role in building autonomous driving vehicles. The announcement was made by Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada.
"Our Engineering Centre in Oshawa was a logical place to locate this important work and it is the next step in growing the new mandate of the Centre to focus on work related to the Connected Car," said Carlisle. "The Province of Ontario's leadership in allowing autonomous vehicle testing was a helpful support in securing this advanced technology work for our Canadian facility."
The fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volt electric vehicles will be deployed as part of a larger program at General Motors Technical Centre in Warren, Michigan. GM employees will be able to reserve a Volt through the program using a car-sharing app and select a destination. The autonomous technology will be responsible for bringing the vehicle to its selected destination and park it.
The program is meant to provide data and lessons to help with GM's technical capabilities in autonomous vehicles.
August 4, 2015
CHEVROLET VOLT OFFERS MORE RANGE FOR 2016
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will show an almost 40 per cent increase in range over the first generation and have a range of 53 miles (approximately 82 kilometres) on EV power alone.
“We listened to our customers,” said Andrew Farah, Vehicle Chief Engineer, “They were very clear when they told us that they wanted more range, and a fun driving experience behind the wheel. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.”
Volt is powered by an 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery rated at 106 MPGe. When power runs low the gas-powered generator kicks in with a 1.5 litre range extender.
May 4, 2015
TOYOTA RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF CANADA’S “GREENEST” EMPLOYERS
Based on commitments made demonstrating positive environmental impact, Toyota Canada Inc., was recognized as one of the 'greenest' employers in Canada for 2015.
“We are driven by a vision to create a future where mobility can meet the needs of society without impacting the environment,” said Stephen Beatty, Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota Canada Inc. “Being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers rewards us for realizing that vision, and inspiring others to embrace environmental sustainability.”
Some Toyota Canada commitments have been described by the company as: “A broad portfolio of products demonstrating environmental powertrain innovation, including a Canadian lineup of 12 Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles. Toyota has sold more than 100,000 hybrids in Canada, saving Canadians almost 260 million litres of fuel and avoiding over 600,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.”
“TCI facilities (including head office, zone offices, parts distribution and vehicle processing centres) that operate under an ISO 14001 compliant management system – the International Organization for Standardization’s core set of standards for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system.”
“Employees who volunteer to make their community greener by cleaning up litter. Sponsorship and participation of environment-focused events across the country.”
The 'greenest' designation recognizes employers whose leadership in Canada has created a culture of environmental awareness in the organization creating earth-friendly initiatives and attracting people responding to such environmental leadership.
May 4, 2015
GM ENGINEERING CENTRE BECOMES A CONNECTED CAR AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY CENTRE
General Motors Canadian Engineering Centre becomes an innovation hub for ‘connected car’ and green technologies. The centre, based in Oshawa, will hire more than 100 software and control engineers to work on the connected car systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions.
“We have long been proud of GM Canada’s unique capability in Canada to design and engineer future products for our customers and our solid portfolio of patents and project breakthroughs,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, GM Canada. “We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading universities and other partner organizations. Canada has the bench strength and, to borrow a famous hockey analogy, this is where the puck is going.”
The work at the Centre and its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing is developing more connected and environmentally sustainable vehicles including new software and active controls, which take advantage of high-speed data links between automobiles and mobile networks.
“It’s fantastic to see GM invest in their Engineering Centre in Oshawa, transforming it into a leading hub for connected vehicle and green technologies,” said Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “This is a boost to both our automotive and information and communications technology sectors, and a true testament to our highly skilled workforce. Ontario is already a global leader when it comes to the talent and skills of our workforce, which makes us a perfect choice for this investment. We thank GM for this commitment to strengthen their roots in research and innovation, and to invest in technology that will truly drive the future of the auto sector.”
The Centre also focuses on the use of alternative fuels, light-weight and advanced materials to improve fuel economy and develop more sustainable technologies.
“Innovations in connected car and environmental technologies are key elements of how we’re developing great new vehicles with features that customers really want,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice-President, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “I recently spent time in Canada with our team and with some of our Canadian university research partners, and it’s clear that they’re ready to take our Oshawa engineering operation to the next level.”
April 6, 2015
FOURTH ANNUAL AJAC ECORUN
The fourth annual AJAC EcoRun revisited the West Coast this year. It was kicked off at the Vancouver International Auto Show with an announcement of the AJAC Green Car of the Year award. The two-day event involved 21 AJAC journalists in vehicles supplied by 13 OEM manufacturers from Vancouver, to Nanaimo, B.C., on Vancouver Island. Other cities visited enroute included Duncan, Langford, Victoria and Sidney.
Vehicles participating at Fourth annual EcoRun (Photo credit: AJAC)
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March 27, 2015
AJAC NAMES GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR
Kia Soul EV has been selected the 2015 Canadian Green Car of the Year at the Vancouver International Auto Show in Vancouver, British Columbia, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).
2015 AJAC Green Car of the Year - Kia Soul EV. (Photo credit: AJAC)
“Kia Canada is thrilled that the all-new 2015 Kia Soul EV has been recognized by AJAC as the Canadian Green Car of the Year,” said Maria Soklis, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kia Canada Inc. “This acknowledgement is testimony to Kia’s ongoing commitment to deliver environmentally friendly automotive solutions and diverse powertrains to consumers without compromising on design or comfort.”
Other finalists identified at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario were: Honda Fit, Subaru Legacy and Toyota Camary Hybrid. Seven vehicles were eligible for the award; all were tested and scored during AJAC’s TestFest in October as part of the Canadian Car of the Year procedures.
(From left) Jack Sulymka, Kia Canada and Kevin Corrigan, AJAC Director and Chair of the Canadian Green Car of the Year Awards program, with the Canadian Green Car of the Year award. (Photo credit: AJAC)
“While an electrically-propelled sub-compact, thought of as green, may well suit those living within the city limits, is it not also true to view a fuel-efficient 6 cyl luxury hybrid product likewise, when compared to a V8 gas-powered vehicle in its relative segment of the market? Yes, the Canadian consumer requires environmentally-friendly transportation which meets their needs, whether it be a small city runaround, or a fuel-efficient luxury product for their airport limousine business,” said Kevin Corrigan, Chair, Canadian Green Car Committee. “So when it comes to vehicle transportation, any and every vehicle which offers both fuel-efficiency and addresses environmental concerns is worthy of our attention, and praise, where due.”
March 24, 2015
BRITISH COLUMBIA INTRODUCES INCENTIVES FOR CLEAN VEHICLES
The Province of British Columbia announced new incentives as part of Phase 2 of the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) program beginning April 1. Incentive amounts are: $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle, and $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.
“With the Clean Energy Vehicle program, we’re providing incentives that will make electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more affordable for British Columbians, and expanding the charging and fuelling infrastructure to make it easier to ‘fill the tank,’” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.
The program will dole out $10.6 million from the Innovative Clean Energy Fund: $7.5 million for point-of-sale incentives for electric and hydrogen vehicles; $1 million for commercial fleet purchases of clean energy vehicles; $1.59 million for charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure; and $500,000 for research, training, and public outreach on clean energy transportation technology.
“Encouraging and promoting environmentally friendly transportation is part of a broader strategy to ensure British Columbia remains a climate action leader,” said Mary Polak, Minister of Environment. “With transportation representing 37% of total provincial greenhouse gas emissions, clean energy vehicles are essential to reducing emissions and maintaining healthy air quality.”
Phase 1 of CEV was in effect from 2011 to 2014 and helped support the purchase of 950 electric vehicles and the development of over 1,000 charging stations, which resulted in 57,000 tonnes of direct emissions reductions.
“At Nissan, we are thrilled by the Province of British Columbia’s decision to enrich its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program,” says Christian Meunier, President, Nissan Canada Inc. “British Columbia was an early supporter of electric mobility, and the first province in Canada to commit to working with us to promote the adoption of electric vehicles almost five years ago. We are pleased that zero-emission vehicles like the Nissan LEAF are now even more accessible to consumers in BC looking to make a change in the way they drive.”
August 5, 2014
INTERBRAND SELECTS AUTOMOTIVE COMPANIES AS BEST GLOBAL GREEN BRANDS
Interbrand, a U.S. global branding consultancy, released the top 50 Best Global Green Brands report in which the top four spots are automotive companies. Ford takes top spot for the first time since the report was initiated in 2011. It is followed by Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Panasonic.
“We are honored to be named No. 1 in the 2014 Best Global Green Brands,” said Robert Brown, Vice-President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford. “At Ford we are working to develop the highest-quality products in the market for our customers while manufacturing them in the most environmentally responsible manner and replicating this globally. This award tells us that our stakeholders agree.”
The determination of the top 50 Best Global Green Brands, begins with Interbrand’s 100 brands in its annual Best Global Brands report. The brands have a global presence and a record of delivering value to stakeholders. Interbrand then carries out consumer research to assess public perception of the brands’ percieved sustainable or green practices then compares findings of environmental or sustainability performance data.
“This year, the Best Global Green Brands report focuses on the power of participation and collective action,” noted Jez Frampton, Global CEO, Interbrand. “The report suggests that every constituency—businesses, consumers, employees, suppliers, governments and investors—will need to be engaged and willing to collaborate in order to take Corporate Citizenship and sustainability initiatives to the next level. We celebrate this year’s 50 Best Global Green Brands for having done exactly that and, in some cases, more.”
In all 10 brands on the Best Global Brands list were from the automotive sector, apart from those named there were: BMW (13), Volkswagen (16), Mercedes-Benz (24), Chevrolet (32), Kia (35), and Hyundai (40).
May 6, 2014
AJAC 2014 ECO-RUN ON THE WEST COAST
After two years of running the Eco-Run in Eastern Canada in Ontario and Quebec, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) will hold the third annual Eco-Run in British Colombia for 2014.
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April 28, 2014
CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD WINNER NAMED
Six other category winners were presented with awards at the Green Living Show at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, along with the overall winner. The finalists included: battery-electric, Nissan Leaf, plug-in hybrid, Ford C-Max Energi, hybrid, Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid, efficient internal combustion, Mazda3 2.0 Litre, and efficient three-row family vehicle, Mazda5.The Honda Accord Hybrid was then named Canadian Green Car Award winner for 2014.
(From left) Laurie Simmonds, Green Living Enterprises, Erik Novak, automotive journalist, David Miller, WWF, Dave Gardner, Honda Canada, Michael Bettencourt, and Peter Gorrie, automotive journalists, during the presentation of the Canadian Green Car award.
"Thank you to all the voting judges of the Canadian Green Car Award. It is an honour to have our Accord Hybrid recognized by so many of Canada's most respected journalists," said Dave Gardner. "Joining the award-winning Accord family and sharing the fun-to-drive performance, sophisticated styling and premium comfort features of the Accord sedan, the Accord Hybrid offers a no-compromise vehicle for the extreme fuel saver."
World Wildlife Fund President and former Mayor of Toronto David Miller presented the award.
"One important way we can build an environmentally sustainable society is by making transportation choices that have a lower impact on the planet, and that includes greener cars," said Miller. "The Accord Hybrid helps achieve that goal with its impressive efficiency, which is key to lowering greenhouse gases and improving local air quality."
A panel of Canadian automotive journalists assessed the candidate vehicles based on several factors including fuel efficiency, emissions, use of sustainable and recyclable materials and OEM green practices.
"Congratulations to Honda, the five other category winners, and to all the manufacturers whose vehicles were nominated for the Canadian Green Car Award," said Laurie Simmonds, CEO of Green Living Enterprises. "The Green Living Show provides consumers with an opportunity to view all the category winners and to test drive some of the most innovative automotive technology on the market today."
Other vehicles under consideration were: Tesla Model S, Ford Focus EV, Kia Soul EV, Cadillac ELR, Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid, Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and Kia Rondo.
April 21, 2014
CATEGORY FINALISTS FOR 2014 CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD
Category finalists for the 2014 Canadian Green Car have been selected. The winner will be named on April 25 at the Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario. A tie in one category means there are six finalists rather than five.
Battery-electric: Nissan Leaf
Plug-in hybrid: Ford C-Max Energi
Hybrid: Honda Accord Hybrid and Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid (TIE)
Efficient internal combustion: Mazda3 2.0 Litre
Efficient three-row family vehicle: Mazda5
Nineteen Canadian automotive journalists assessed the candidate vehicles based on several factors including environmental matters such as fuel efficiency, emissions, use of sustainable and recyclable materials and OEM green practices.
March 18, 2014
PHH ARVAL HOSTS ANNUAL ENERGY CONFERENCE
PHH Arval’s annual energy conference took place at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston, Texas. An audience of some 70 fleet professionals inspected and appraised solutions and strategies applicable to the energy industry.
”Year after year it is rewarding to see the energy conference unite fleet professionals to address common challenges, identify new goals, and work to improve the business as a whole,” said Jim Halliday, President, PHH Arval. “This remains a highly anticipated event for PHH Arval because it continuously helps lead clients forward with new solutions.”
Participants were involved in workshops dealing with alternative fuels, data analytics and business intelligence tools, upfitting, fleet policy, regulatory compliance, and emerging energy industry trends.
March 18, 2014
CHRYSLER’S BRAMPTON PLANT EARNS ISO 50001 CERTIFICATION
Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve ISO 50001: 2011 “Energy Management” standards certification by TÜV, an international certification organization.
Certification includes requirements for energy management systems, which the Brampton plant has, such as: lighting control projects, automated heating and ventilation management system and scheduler.
BAP was the pilot plant for certification in North America for Chrysler. Remaining plants are expected to be certified by the end of 2014.
“I am extremely proud of the staff at Brampton Assembly Plant who worked tirelessly to help us achieve ISO 50001: 2011 Energy Management standards certification,” said Dan Omahen, Plant Manager, Brampton Assembly Plant, Chrysler Group LLC. “This experience has proven that when employees rally together, and work alongside management and agency partners, sustainable solutions can be identified that help us improve energy optimization and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
March 18, 2014
FINALISTS NAMED FOR 2014 CANADIAN GREEN CAR AWARD
Finalists for the 2014 Canadian Green Car have been identified. The winner will be named in April at the Green Living Show in Toronto. A total of 16 vehicles in five categories (battery-electric or fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, conventional hybrid, efficient gasoline or diesel internal combustion, and efficient "family hauler" with at least three rows of seats) were nominated. Category winners will be decided ahead of the show.
"Each year at the Green Living Show consumers have the opportunity to view and test drive the most innovative automotive technologies on the market," said Laurie Simmonds, CEO, Green Living Enterprises. "The Canadian Green Car Award fits with our focus on helping consumers find the most attractive and fuel-efficient solutions for their transportation needs. The judges face a difficult task since carmakers are providing an impressive array of green options. We hope the Award program will encourage them to do even more."
Twenty Canadian automotive journalists will assess the candidate vehicles based on a number of factors including environmental benefits such as fuel efficiency, emissions, use of sustainable and recyclable materials and OEM green practices.
The inaugural winner of the award in 2013 was the Ford Fusion hybrid.
This year nominated vehicles are:
Tesla Model S
Ford Focus EV
Kia Soul EV
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Ford C-Max Energi
Honda Accord Hybrid
Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
Efficient Gasoline or Diesel Internal Combustion:
Mazda3 (2.0-litre, AT)
Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Efficient Three-Row Vehicle:
Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid
August 6, 2013
FORD MAKES AVAILABLE CNG-PREP PACKAGE ON F-150
Ford will offer the 2014 F-150 with 3.7 litre V-6 engine gaseous-fuel prep package in Canada and the United States. It will include hardened valves, valve seats, pistons, and rings that can operate on gasoline or natural gas (compressed natural gas, CNG, or liquefied petroleum gas, LPG).
“Businesses and fleet customers have been asking Ford to make F-150 available with CNG capability to take advantage of the fuel’s low price and clean emissions,” said Jon Coleman, Fleet Sustainability and Technology Manager, Ford. “With the money saved using CNG, customers could start to see payback on their investment in as little as 24 to 36 months.”
The CNG/LPG prep package is expected to cost $327; however, a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier (upfitter) providing fuel tanks, fuel lines and fuel injectors, can run $5,200 and $9,500 depending on upfitter and fuel tank size. A range of 1,207 kilometres (750 miles) is expected.
July 23, 2013
FUEL SAVING TECHNOLOGIES ON DISPLAY AT AJAC ECO-RUN
The Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) held its second annual Eco-Run to illustrate the numerous fuel technologies now available. This year the Eco-Run took place between Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec.
“The Eco-Run was a great opportunity, not just for automotive journalists, but for all consumers to find out more about fuel efficiency and how easy it can be, no matter what you drive, to save money on fuel” said Ian Jack, Managing Director of Communications and Government Relations, Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).
Vehicles participating in the Eco-Run included:
April 16, 2013
FORD FUSION HYBRID WINS GREEN CAR AWARD
The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) selected Ford Fusion Hybrid as winner of the inaugural Canadian Green Car Award presented on April 12 at the Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid.
“We are extremely proud that the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid has been honoured by our country’s top automotive journalists as the recipient of the inaugural Canadian Green Car Award,” said Steve Ross, Product Marketing Manager, Sustainability and Electrification, Ford of Canada.
“The Fusion Hybrid is an important vehicle in the Ford line-up, delivering leading fuel-economy, innovative technologies and a sleek, desirable design for eco-conscious consumers.”
Other finalists: Ford C-Max Energi, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Mazda3, and Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid. The vehicles were selected by AJAC from a range of competing entries and the finalists included a plug-in hybrid, three conventional hybrids, and an internal combustion engine.
2013 2013 Green Car of the Year logo.
“Green Living is pleased to support and host the award, which fits our focus of helping consumers to make environmentally sound choices,” said Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO of Green Living Enterprises. “We congratulate Ford and all the manufacturers that nominated such impressive vehicles in the competition, and look forward to many more years of jointly promoting the most innovative green cars on the market.”
Other nominees: Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Edge EcoBoost, Ford Focus Electric, Mazda CX-5, Mazda6, Mercedes-Benz B 250 Turbo, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf and Smart Fortwo Electric Drive.
February 25, 2013
ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT
The second Annual Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Summit was held in Toronto, Ontario recently. The two-day event featured information sessions on variety of topics significant to the EV world including Current State and Outlook of EV Infrastructure, Residential Integration of EV Charging, Latest Developments in Electric Vehicles and Charging up for an Electric Future.
Charlotte Argue, Fraser Basin Council (Green Fleets BC) made a presentation about Building Incentives to Expand the EV Charging Network and Support Local Planning as part of a Case Study: Plug in BC.
The event was sponsored by and participated in by a small number of technology, plug-in station, electrical and engineering, research, ecology and other firms.
Dave Hurst, Pike Research made a presentation of an Overview and Forecast for the EV Battery Market and What it Means for EV Sales.
Case studies were presented for various cities and companies. They included: Oslo, Norway, London, United Kingdom, Bay Area Quality Management District, PowerStream, Vancouver, British Columbia, Plug-in BC, and Manitoba Electric Battery Bus Project.
The event also included a selection of appropriately relevant displays.
January 30, 2013
VW DELIVERS JETTA ALTERNATIVE FUEL MODELS TO THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO
Volkswagen Canada delivered a number of Jetta models to the province of Ontario’s fleet. A 2013 Jetta Hybrid was handed over to Michael Cole, project coordinator at the Ontario government fleet management centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. Volkswagen will also deliver a number of Jetta TDI Clean Diesel models to the province, which are known for their fuel efficiency.
(From left) Mike Cole, Government of Ontario, with Bruce Lindsay, Volkswagen Canada at Richmond Motors of Chatham, where the delivery took place.
“Volkswagen vehicles offer a great combination of size, fuel efficiency and lower operating costs,” said Bruce Lindsay, Manager of Fleet and Corporate Sales, Volkswagen Canada. “We are pleased to be part of the Province’s fleet and look forward to providing a total of 40 Jettas as part of their initial order.”
Also on hand for the event were: Gerry Peterson, president of Richmond Motors of Chatham, and Lindsay.
To view CAF’s First Drive on the Jetta Hybrid, visit www.fleetbusiness.com/drives/jettahybrid.html.
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