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EVS Newsletter – February 2024

EV Society Canada Talks EVs webinar

On Feb 6, 2024 Facts Not Fiction, the Truth About EVs
our guest speaker will be  Joanna Kyriazis – Clean Energy CanadaHave you noticed recently, the growing number of misleading and inaccurate stories about electric vehicles that seem to be circulating in print and on social media?  

This episode tackles some of the most prevalent EV-related myths circulating in social and mainstream media today, offering evidence-based perspectives on topics such as EV-related electrical grid impacts, lifecycle emissions, cold weather performance and battery recycling.

Register:  HERE

EV Society Ontario Chapter meetings
Wednesday February 14th at 7:00pm tbc
Details and link to register are below.
Register below to receive your meeting access information. 
https://beeid.org/6684048abef4

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.  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/

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/

You are invited to our next Canada Talks Electric Cars webinar on February 6th at 7:30pm Eastern Time.   Facts Not Fiction, the Truth About EVs
Guest Speaker Joanna Kyriazis – Clean Energy Canada

Have you noticed recently, the growing number of misleading and inaccurate stories about electric vehicles that seem to be circulating in print and on social media?  This episode tackles some of the most prevalent EV-related myths circulating in social and mainstream media today, offering evidence-based perspectives on topics such as EV-related electrical grid impacts, lifecycle emissions, cold weather performance and battery recycling.  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 – Harvard develops a solid state battery that charges in minutes.  The lithium metal battery researchers developed at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) can also be charged and discharged at least 6,000 times — more than any other pouch battery cell…. This is yet another milestone achieved in the solid-state battery saga. The ultimate challenge is still the ability to mass-produce these batteries at a lower price than lithium-ion batteries. That will be the real game-changer for EVs.

Lorraine Explains – Driving.ca – Canadian EV owners report on charging infrastructure.  How is Canada’s EV infrastructure faring, and what do we need to be doing better?

Electric cars in Canadian winter: a hot topic!  The idea of driving an EV when the mercury drops can seem like a situation fraught with perils. Will an EV start in minus 20? Will it go as far as advertised? What about how much energy it will take trying to warm it up?  And, the penultimate question: are electric cars good in winter?  These are all valid concerns and, happily, Electric Autonomy has the answers in this article to help take the fear out of winter driving in an EV.

What Canada can learn from Norway, the EV capital of the world.  Canada’s plan to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2035 has raised a multitude of questions about whether the country is up for the challenge, and what it would mean for drivers.  Norway is already well on its way to reaching that goal, with electric vehicles accounting for 82 per cent of all vehicles sold in 2023.

The country is aiming to become the first nation to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025.  It is considered the world leader in EVs, with roughly one-quarter of all cars on the road now electric.  So, how did Norway get here? What have the challenges been? And what can Canada learn from its experience?  However, it’s a bit of “apples vs oranges” comparison.

EV charging in Cobourg public parking lots – A team of volunteers has been working with Town Council and Staff for the past 12 months.  Our grant application for about $1/2 million was submitted to MTO’ EV ChargeON program Jan 31st.  Now we just have to wait to see if we get any funding.  Maybe some will be available in time for summer?  Stay tuned.

Electrical Generation, Transmission & Distribution – New Ontario report provides roadmap for energy transition  January 19, 2024.  Evan Pivnick, clean energy program manager at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the new report from Ontario’s electrification and energy transition panel:“Today’s report marks an important juncture in the development of Ontario energy policy. Across 29 recommendations, the panel has provided a high-level roadmap for the reforms Ontario should consider in order to navigate the energy transition successfully. “Chief among these recommendations is creating policy certainty by clearly articulating the government’s vision and objectives for a clean economy between now and 2050. Only by aligning its approach on climate, energy, and economic policy will the province be able to cost-effectively transition its energy system and fully seize the resultant affordability and economic benefits. “Another key recommendation is to develop and regularly renew a new long-term energy strategy. Such strategies are increasingly common in places navigating the transition effectively—and will be critical in actioning these recommendations.”

US added 1.2 million EVs in 2023 but the electricity use/demand went down!  Wait What!?
https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/02/the-us-added-1-2-million-evs-to-the-grid-last-year-electricity-use-went-down  2023 set another record for EV sales in the United States. About 1.2 million vehicles, or 7.6% of all sales (Canadian sales were 13.3% Q3 2023, waiting for 2023 data), were electric according to Kelley Blue Book.  With over 1 million new EVs plugging into garage outlets, home charging stations, and Superchargers, you’d think our electricity usage would have shot up dramatically. You’d be wrong.  Through November 2023 (the latest data available from the Energy Information Administration), electricity generation was down by 1.1%.

Battery electric storage systems (BESS) and other energy/electricity storage systems –  Gravity storage Why ABB Hearts Underground Gravity Storage.  Specifically, ABB sees a win-win potential for using abandoned mine shafts to deploy gravity storage systems, because mine owners are thirsty for solutions, too. “The decommissioning of mine shafts is a costly and time-consuming process for mining companies,” ABB noted in a press release last December.  “By repurposing disused mine shafts for energy storage, mine shafts can fill a productive function for up to 50 years beyond their original lifetime, and can mitigate decommissioning costs, while simultaneously creating new job opportunities and contributing to the green energy transition”

EV Sales 2023 – waiting for figures from Stats Canada and S&P for all of 2023!

Complete Guide to EVs – new magazine on sale now at Shoppers Drug Mart (& elsewhere?) Info from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Electric-Magazine-Centennial-Soptlight/dp/B0BXP7MX8D

EV Revolution reviews with Kenneth Bokor – 2024 Hyundai Kona EV 2nd Look! The Best Economical All-Electric!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15s6sDJdHQE
Check out his YouTube channel for all his archived reviews
https://www.youtube.com/c/EVRevolution.

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.

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”.

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/

Follow the EV Society on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EVSociety/

David Kuhnke, Chapter Lead
EV Society – Northumberland

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