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EVS Newsletter – April 2024

EV Society Canada Talks EVs webinar

7:30pm Tue April 2nd is from Daniel Breton, President of Electric Mobility Canada.  
“Canadian EVs Best Kept Financial & Environmental Secrets”.

Further details and how to register below.

Revolutionizing your ride and finances: Presenting the latest game-changing federal EV incentive numbers for self-employed workers and business owners this tax season
Mar 28, 2024 11:00 AM EDT
Further details and how to register below.

EV Society Ontario Chapters webinars
7:00pm 3rd Wed each month…or check out https://evsociety.ca/calendar  
Topics covered in all EVS Ontario Chapter meetings include EV Industry Sales Report, EV News,
Canada Talks EVs Webinar updates, plus time for Q&A with the guest speaker
and online participants.
Further details and how to register below.

And a new feature for those looking for employment in the sustainability and electric vehicle industry.  A link to a special website/page hosted by Electric Autonomy & Electric Mobility Canada.  See details below.

plus lots of other news about EVs locally, in Ontario and across Canada.

EV Society Canada Talks EVs webinar – 7:30pm 1st Tue each month.  You are invited to join the EV Society. Visit https://evsociety.ca/join/

Next webinar, 7:30pm Tue April 2nd is from Daniel Breton, President of Electric Mobility Canada.  “Canadian EVs Best Kept Financial & Environmental Secrets”.  Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) challenges some in the auto industry who hold the position that hybrids, not evs, are the answer to our driving future.  He will also share information about this and other interesting topics such as the federal EV incentive for business that is rarely discussed.  Daniel is responsible for management of EMC, leading the organization’s advocacy initiatives to advance the electrification of transportation.  Register for this webinar:  CLICK HERE

In case you missed the last speaker, Cara Clairman, the President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, presented the research her organization has done in partnership with WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) that examines why women are hesitating to buy an EV and what can be done to address the barriers facing women.  Click here to watch the video.

Revolutionizing your ride and finances: Presenting the latest game-changing federal EV incentive numbers for self-employed workers and business owners this tax season
Mar 28, 2024 11:00 AM EDT
In this webinar, Daniel Breton (EMC), Cara Clairman (Plug’n Drive) and Joanna Kyriazis (Clean Energy Canada), will discuss a federal EV incentive that millions of Canadians can benefit from, yet most know nothing about; it’s Canada’s best kept secret. This tax break can save hard-working business owners thousands of dollars. We will provide participants with concrete examples.  Register here.

EV Society Ontario Chapter meetings – 7:00pm 3rd Wed each month…or check out https://evsociety.ca/calendar  Topics covered in all EVS Ontario Chapter meetings include EV Industry Sales Report, EV News, Canada Talks EVs Webinar updates, plus time for Q&A with the guest speaker
and other participants.

Used EV sources – Don’t want to wait for a new EV?  Check out these sources for used EV.
EV Net – https://evnet.ca/ Etiobicoke  also rents EVs https://evnet.ca/rent/
All EVs –  https://steeleauto.com/allevfilter on elec “fuel” NS, delivers to Ontario
Shift Motors, Oakville – https://www.shiftmotors.com/vehicles/?view=grid
Auto Trader with EV filter – https://www.autotrader.ca/cars/on/?rcp=15&rcs=0&srt=4&prx=-2&prv=Ontario&loc=K9A%205K5&fuel=Electric%2CGas%2FElectric%20Hybrid&hprc=True&wcp=True&sts=New-Used&eng=Electric%20Motor&inMarket=advancedSearch

Charging infrastructure – 2024 EV charging networks report: In an eventful year for public EV charging, Canada’s public charger installations  just broke the 27,000-charger mark, up 33 per cent in 12 months

Everything you needed to know about charging EVs. Driving.ca – Mar 13, 2024https://driving.ca/features/feature-story/want-to-charge-an-ev-at-your-apartment-heres-what-you-need-to-know

EV Charging in MURBS (condos & apartments – NRCan holding early consultations on EV-ready recommendations for National Building Code.   Public documents and industry sources confirm to Electric Autonomy that NRCan is in early consultations regarding possible future updates to the National Building Code to include “EV-ready requirements”.  The federal government is conducting early research into regulations around access to EV charging in apartments, condos and multi-unit residential buildings in Canada, Electric Autonomy can exclusively reveal. 

Electrical Generation, Transmission & Distribution –  Government of Canada Announces $50 million for Ontario’s Expansion of Clean, Reliable and Affordable Nuclear Energy.  These actions build on steps already taken by both governments to meet emerging energy needs and ensure a reliable, affordable and clean electricity supply, including the following initiatives from the Government of Canada:

  • A $970-million investment from the Canada Infrastructure Bank to advance Canada’s first grid-scale small modular reactor (SMR) at Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington site;
  • NRCan’s Electricity Predevelopment Program — which is a $250-million program to support pre-development activities of clean electricity projects like the one announced today;
  • $4.5-billion worth of investments under the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs), including previously announced support for five other clean energy projects in Ontario that will support Ontario’s grid;
  • Regulatory tools like the Clean Electricity Regulations, on which the Government of Canada and Ontario continue to collaborate to support the development of a clean, reliable and affordable grid;
  • A 15-percent refundable Investment Tax Credit for Clean Electricity for eligible investments in nuclear generation for new builds and refurbishment

This also includes the following initiatives from the Government of Ontario:

Battery Electric and Pumped Storage systems to support renewable generation –
Meaford Pumped storage – one way to prevent wasted energy.  “…Even more importantly, facilities like this help prevent the waste of energy. It’s why Ontario Pumped Storage can play such an important role for Ontario. By using energy when it’s abundant, where it would be either grounded out or exported for little to no gain, it can be used to cost-efficiently pump water from a reservoir at a lower elevation to another at a higher elevation. Then, at times (like later in the day) when there’s increased demand for energy, it can be released to keep pace with demand. 

Even though the technology behind pumped storage has been around, and improved upon, for over a century, this project would be revolutionary for Ontario. It would not only offer a reliable source of energy and support our province’s pathway to decarbonization, but it also offers an efficient footprint compared to other sources of long-duration energy storage. Battery storage, for example, would require thousands of acres of land to match the output alone, and then multiplied by two-three times to keep up with the duration when comparing the typical utility battery charge output of 3-4 hours to Ontario Pumped Storage’s 8-12 hours. 

Marmora Lake (Ontario) pumped storage project would turn an in-active open pit mine into a giant hydro battery.   At a glance

  • Proposed 400 MW hydroelectric pumped storage facility could power up to 400,000 homes.
  • The project is expected to provide more than 90 years of service and create up to 3,500 jobs.
  • Repurposing former mine for pumped storage would be a “first” in Canada.

1 in 5 new car sales globally were EVs in 2023, and that’s curbed oil demand – IEA.  Without EVs, solar, wind, and nuclear, the global rise in emissions in the last five years would have been three times larger, new International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows.
The new findings come from the IEA’s annual update on global energy-related CO2 emissions and the just-released inaugural edition of the IEA’s new series, the Clean Energy Market Monitor, which will track clean energy deployment and broadly outline the implications for global energy markets.

EV Sales Q4 2023 – Another quarter, another three months of strong zero-emission vehicle registrations in Canada that throw cold water — and hard data — on the widespread misconception that EV sales are slumping.  According to data published by S&P Global Mobility, battery electric vehicles (BEV) account for 10.0 per cent of vehicles registered in Canada for the final three months of the year.  Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) accounted for 3.2 per cent of registrations.  For the full year, S&P Global Mobility says ZEVs had an 11.7 per cent market share in 2023. That is up from 8.9 per cent for the full year in 2022. For BEVs alone, the 2023 share of registrations was 8.8 per cent, up from 7.0 per cent in 2022. 

First full year ZEVs top 10 per cent.  For 2023 in total, StatsCan reports that the BEV market share was 8.1 per cent, compared to 6.5 per cent in 2022. The full-year PHEV share of registrations was 2.6 per cent, up from 1.7 per cent in 2022.  For ZEV registrations overall, this means 2023 was the first year of double-digit market penetration — specifically, at 10.8 per cent market share, up from 8.2 per cent in 2022.

EV Manufacturing news – Stellantis to build high power (& sounding?) Dodge Charger in Windsor.  Four high-powered configurations of the new electric Charger Daytona are part of a Charger lineup that starts production at Stellantis’ Windsor plant this summer.  Less than two years after Stellantis announced a $3.6-billion plan to retool and modernize its Windsor and Brampton assembly plants in Ontario to manufacture electric and hybrid vehicles, the company has announced its first Canadian electric vehicle product mandate — the 2024 Dodge Charger Daytona.  

Battery technology – Samsung SDI this week presented a battery-development roadmap for a 20 year EV battery, 9 minute charging.  On the charging front, the company believes it can begin mass-producing battery cells capable of being charged from 8% to 80% in just nine minutes by 2026. This will be made possible by “optimizing lithium-ion transfer path” and lowering resistance, according to a Samsung SDI press release.  By 2029, Samsung also hopes to “develop and mass-produce” a battery that lasts more than 20 years.

Longer life and battery swapping – Chinese automaker Nio is partnering with battery supplier CATL for research into longer-life EV batteries, including for use with Nio’s battery-swapping service.  The two companies “will jointly carry out discussions, make technological breakthroughs and innovation, and promote product applications,” according to a Nio press release, with CATL developing batteries with longer service lives for future Nio models.  Nio claims to have extended the useful lives of its swappable batteries to the point where they can be expected to retain 80% capacity after 12 years. The company claims to have opened over 2,300 swapping stations in China and Europe, conducting over 40 million battery swaps to date. Recently Volvo and Polestar parent Geely signed up for battery swapping with Nio.

Hydrogen for transportation – Alberta’s long-haul Nikola hydrogen truck trial gives a taste of future promise.  A Nikola hydrogen fuel cell-electric truck recently completed a 519-kilometre trip from Edmonton to Calgary, without refuelling, as part of the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s (AMTA) two-year trial for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFCEV).

The trial program started in February 2023, with over 70 carriers taking part. The AMTA is testing out several trucks on a short-haul basis. The Nikola’s run marked the first major successful trial for long-haul.

The first thing to know in assessing the Nikola hydrogen truck trial run is that the trip had no cargo.
The truck itself weighs about 26,000 pounds (11,790 kilograms). The empty trailer added 14,000 pounds (6,350 kg) more. Bison Transport drove the rig, using only 61 per cent of its fuel during the trip. It took about three hours each way.  Nikola’s website says its truck can refuel in 20 minutes or less.

Other Battery Electric transportation –  MHD trucking – Unveiling the West Coast’s Electric Big Truck Future.  The heaviest diesel semis are the dirtiest. Titan Freight Systems (located in Oregon) chose the electric lane and says it’s paying off.  Few things get trucking mini-magnate Keith Wilson more excited than a spreadsheet spitting out a smashing business case. The owner of Titan Freight Systems and recent entry in Portland, Oregon’s mayoral race waxes passionate on fighting homelessness, economic stagnation and climate change. But first and foremost, Wilson is a business person. And he beams as he computes the electrification of Titan’s fleet of delivery trucks and freight haulers. “Look at my return on investment. Holy cow! It’s a 52 per cent cost reduction versus a diesel vehicle. That just takes your breath away,” says Wilson, cranking the numbers on a novel fleet electrification scenario in real time.  Proof, he says, that one can clean up on cleaning up. “Not only does it pay. It is incredibly profitable,” says Wilson.

A fleet of five electric ferries will soon be plying the Bedford Basin, linking new terminals in Bedford and Halifax, filling a key plank in regional transit strategy.  A new, net-zero electric community ferry service is set to launch in Halifax Harbour, connecting Bedford with downtown Halifax.  Representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced the project’s go-ahead last week, with a combined $258.7-million investment.  

Electric Autonomyhttps://electricautonomy.ca/  An excellent source for newsworthy items about EVs and the industry in Canada. They are my “go to” source for a lot of the content in this newsletter.  Headlines and articles are updated several times a week. Sign up for your own free subscription

Archived videos of past panel discussions and webinars.  Electric Autonomy makes available all their past video presentations, panel discussions and webinars at This resource is a motherload of information on topics related to EVs.  https://www.youtube.com/electricautonomy.

Looking for a job in the fields of sustainability and electric vehicles?  Electric Autonomy together with Electric Mobility Canada now has postings each week for job (currently over 4000).  https://jobs.electricautonomy.ca/?utm_campaign=EA%20Newsletters&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=292991633&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8sIIrs0uR-1vUdspriYFSuPuRyKc7JSdjc6u4d5DWMjD3hsLjP_gFfR-T0KtFvfXru0fe2GJW8g4DdnNI8v5oxd7F8Jg&utm_content=292991633&utm_source=hs_email

Driving.ca – https://driving.ca/category/vehicle-types/electric-vehicles/

Clean Air Partnership (CAP) – events https://www.cleanairpartnership.org/events/ and resources https://www.cleanairpartnership.org/resources/.   

Clean Energy Review – https://mailchi.mp/cleanenergycanada/32018-1863893?e=2a4fc60f04https://cleanenergycanada.org/clean-energy-review/Canadian views on “clean energy”.

Clean Energy Canada’s new EV webinar – 3 things you might not know about electric vehicles
 Countering common myths about electric vehicles.
  Electric vehicles now make up 9% of new car sales in Canada. In B.C. and Quebec, the market share is even higher, with electric vehicles making up around 20% and 14% of new cars sold in each province, respectively. But as EVs have gained in popularity, so have misinformed arguments against their adoption. This media brief unpacks a number of the most common ones with relevant, publicly available research. 

Myth 1. “EVs have greater lifecycle emissions than gas cars”
Myth 2. “There are not enough metal and mineral resources to supply electric vehicles”
Myth 3. “EV batteries need replacing before the vehicle’s end of life”
Myth 4. “EVs are less affordable than gas cars”
Myth 5. “EVs do not have enough range”
Myth 6. “The grid can’t handle EVs”
Myth 7. “EVs are not suitable for cold Canadian winters”
Myth 8. “EVs have a greater fire risk than gas cars”
Myth 9: “There is no demand for EVs in Canada”  

CleanTechnica – https://cleantechnica.com/ for all things “clean technology”, such as solar, wind, geothermal, energy storage, smart grids, energy efficiency, EVs and more. Newsletters to subscribe!  https://cleantechnica.com/stay-connected-with-cleantechnica/

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David Kuhnke, Chapter Lead
EV Society – Northumberland

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