The tabling of the Federal Government budget on March 19th started a new era for EVs in Canada. With $5,000 financial incentives for new EVs and $130M for charging infrastructure, Canada is joining many other countries placing importance on EVs as a major solution to greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. EMC was quick to identify a number of issues with the budget document wording and communicated these to the Minister of Finance, his colleagues in other departments and senior officials responsible for program delivery.
Yesterday, April 17, 2019, Transport Minister Marc Garneau revealed the implementation details for the incentive program. The Press Release and accompanying Q and A plus the list of eligible vehicles was sent by email to all EMC members.
Federal MPs from the Progressive Conservative and New Democratic Parties have reached out to EMC for input into their platforms for the October 2019 federal election. A list of suggestions has been reviewed with the EMC Board and forwarded to the requesting MPs.
I hope to see you all at our EV2019VĖ conference in Quebec City from May 6 to May 9. We have an innovative program, informative trade show and exciting Ride n Drive for you to experience.
On April 15, 2019, EMC's Board approved a new zero emission vehicle (ZEV) policy statement.
It replaces the 2016 policy on Demand and Supply. This policy seeks to represent the interests of members while also being consistent with EMC's mandate of strategically accelerating the transition to electric mobility across Canada.
Last March, the Government of Québec also released its annual budget, which includes an extension of the Drive Green program ($433.8 million) until 2021.
The additional funding is expected to encourage the acquisition of approximately 66,000 electric vehicles and the installation of nearly 27,500 home charging stations and more than 1,200 workplace charging stations.
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Multimodal Ride N' Drive - Monday, May 6 from 10AM to 5PM
Pre-conference trainings for transit providers and municipalities
On May 6, transit providers, fleet managers, and municipalities are invited to learn how to go electric with the pros with a full-day training designed to cover the key steps to a successful electrification strategy.
Representatives from IVI, Geotab, ChargePoint, OPG, Electric Circuit, FLO, Proterra, and BYD will there to answer all your questions.
On Tuesday May 7th, our new member Electric Autonomy Canada will launch at EV2019VÉ's Trade Show. It is an independent news platform dedicated to empowering Canadian leaders to make confident decisions on the adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles for a safer, cleaner and more economical future.
The used electric vehicle marketplace is on the rise. As EVs become mainstream, there will be an increasing demand for resources to help drivers make the transition.
On April 15, 2019, Plug'n Drive, in collaboration with Clean Air Partnership, has launched a pre-owned EV Incentive program to help accelerate EV ownership in Ontario. Interested persons simply have to attend a Plug N' Drive seminar to be eligible for the program.
The 2019 Open Call for Innovation is now open, and TransLink is looking to partner with industry leaders, innovators, academics and policymakers to collaborate on new mobility solutions that will help to enhance the livability of Metro Vancouver residents. For successful submissions, TransLink offers funding and collaboration to incubate, develop, pilot and implement your idea.
The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST.
On March 30, Sarah Houde, President and CEO of Propulsion Québec and panelist at EV2019VÉ, signed an open letter in La Presse to urge the need for a broad strategy to accelerate the large-scale conversion of commercial vehiclefleets. Beyond the environmental benefits, this strategy would greatly support local companies.
On April 1st, BYD announced the launch of the K12A, the world's first 27-meter electric bi-articulated bus.
With a passenger capacity of 250 people, it is the longest pure electric bus in the world and can travel at a maximum speed of 70 km/h. One charge can last almost 300km, and can therefore respond to the demands of a full day's operation.
To date, BYD has delivered a total of more than 50,000 pure electric buses to its global partners.
Call for Public Interest - Fast-charging station installation sites in Québec
Hydro-Québec is currently expanding the Electric Circuit's charging network and is looking for sites in some areas of the Greater Montréal area that can accommodate 4 fast charging stations for installation in 2020.
Companies, institutions and municipalities that own property are invited to submit a proposal.
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Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is now accepting project proposals for funding consideration under the second Request for Proposals under Phase 2 of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
Project Proposals may be submitted must be received by no later than May 16, 2019.
Running electric is a campaign that gathers all the information about electric vehicles. The website
roulonselectrique.ca offers several test drive opportunities, including our own EV2019VÉ Ride N' Drive on May 6 in Québec City. At the end of May, a
National Electric Vehicle Week will be held, during which several car dealerships and other groups will offer electric vehicle test drives.
Running electric is a campaign coordinated by Équiterre with the support of Transition énergétique Québec.
EMc is happy to announce a new media partnership with the Automotive Innovations Magazine (AIM). This partnership will help EMC to advance its mandate of promoting e-mobility to the automotive industry as an essential important solution to Canada's emerging energy and environmental issues.
EMC will have editorial control over two pages of this new bi-monthly publication, as well as a presence on AIM's website and social media. The first edition is already online and promotes the EV2019VÉ Conference & Trade Show.
EMC is proud to support Roadmap 12, a leading electric vehicle conference. Join us, June 18-19, 2019 in Portland, Oregon for a graduate course in electric vehicle deployment and to advance transportation electrification efforts. Widespread electric vehicle adoption requires a supportive ecosystem of stakeholders, from utilities and local governments to vehicle OEMs, charging providers, interest groups, and drivers. Roadmap 12 will bring all of these stakeholders together in a highly interactive format to explore emerging trends and share best practices.
Electric aviation company MagniX and
North America's largest seaplane airlineHarbour Air announced a partnership to transform Harbour Air seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet.
The aviation industry currently contributes 4.9 percent globally, all while providing a few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles. By modifying existing Harbour airplanes with all-electric magniX propulsion systems, the partnership will create the world's first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet.
London Unveils World's First 24-Hour Ultra Low Emission Zone
Last week, London Mayor unveiled the world's first 24-hour Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) boasting the world's toughest vehicle emissions standards in an effort to help reduce toxic air pollution. Any vehicle driving into the City that does not meet the new emission standard will have to pay a daily charge - £12.50 a day for cars, vans, and motorbikes, and £100 a day for trucks, and buses.
Londoners have already begun to shift their behaviors and, since the introduction of the T-charge in 2017, there has been a reduction of around 11,000 fewer vehicles per day in the Central London ULEZ zone, and a 38% rise in the total number of compliant vehicles in the zone.