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EVS Newsletter – March 2024

EV Society Canada Talks EVs webinar

Tue Mar 5, 2024 – Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drive – Getting more women plugged in to EVs
Further details and how to register below.

EV Society Ontario Chapters webinar
Next one, 7pm Wed March 20th, hosted by Kenneth Bokor.  The guest speaker will be Cedric Smith, Pollution Probe: 2023 Consumer EV Charging Experience Study & Survey.
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/

You are invited to our next Canada Talks Electric Cars webinar on Tue Mar 5, 2024 – Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drive – Getting more women plugged in to EVs.   Research shows that women currently represent only 25% of EV buyers. A troubling number given that women are also frequently found to be the decision maker on family car buying decisions. Cara Clairman, the President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, will be presenting 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. Register for this webinar here.

In case you missed the last speaker, Joanna Kyriazis, Clean Energy Canada on “Facts Not Fiction, the Truth About EVs”.  You can watch the archived video here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA3TTnWdm0k&list=PLgmymQuAYlURyz27qs3Nrum3krmv9zo0J   You may have to click on “Browse YouTube” to start the video.

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.

Next one, 7pm Wed March 20th, hosted by Kenneth Bokor.  The guest speaker will be Cedric Smith, Pollution Probe: 2023 Consumer EV Charging Experience Study & Survey.  Also covered will be EV News & Updates, Canada Talks updates and regular discussions.  Register for this webinar here.

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

Pollution Probe Releases 2023 Consumer EV Charging Experience Survey.  Pollution Probe, in partnership with the Mobility Futures Lab, has released the results of a comprehensive Charging Experience Survey, offering an in-depth analysis of the electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape in Canada.  Pollution probe has released the results of its 2023 EV Charging Experience Survey, which finds, among other trends and challenges, that 80% of EV owners in Canada drive EVs with more than 300 kilometers of range—more than enough for daily driving in any weather.  But with 38% of respondents embarking on trips longer than 200km monthly, and some without access to home charging, the public network is still essential to electric success. The survey reveals crucial insights into the charging experience of EV owners and public charging infrastructure’s current state and future potential.  Canada’s ZEV market witnessed a significant 44% increase in ZEV sales in 2022, surpassing 120,000 units. Additionally, the Government has made substantial investments, totaling over $1.2B, in charging infrastructure and has already committed funds to over 47,000 chargers as of December 2023. 

Key Findings/ Survey Insights
The 2023 survey, part of a yearly series planned for 2023 and 2024, received responses from more than 1,500 EV owners from every province. Results were categorized into four key areas to better understand charging behavior, network coverage satisfaction, network service satisfaction, and network payment systems. Some key findings in each category include: 

  • Charging Behavior: The majority of drivers travel less than 60 km daily and 80% of respondents own EVs with over 300km range. However, long-distance travel necessitates public charging, with 38% of EV owners embarking on trips over 200 km monthly.
  • Network Coverage Satisfaction: Quebec leads in satisfaction, with 40% finding the number of public charging stations adequate. EV owners in other provinces showed lower satisfaction in accessing public charging stations.
  • Network Service Satisfaction: The reliability of charging infrastructure is a concern, with 19% in Quebec and up to 44% in other provinces experiencing outages. 56% of EV owners feel that the power supply at public charging stations is inconsistent.
  • Payments and Costs: Payment system satisfaction varies, with 48% finding costs reasonable and 52% open to paying more for faster charging. A significant majority of respondents (60% – 79%) showed a willingness to participate in time-of-use pricing, smart charging, or vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging programs, which offer potential cost savings.

Choice Hotels to install Tesla Universal Wall Chargers, good for both NACS and J1772 – The Choice Hotels chain plans to add Tesla EV chargers at locations across the U.S.  The company, which runs Radisson, Cambria, Comfort, Country Inn & Suites, and Quality Inn hotels, said in a press release Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with Tesla to add four or more of the automaker’s Universal Wall Connector Level 2 chargers at participating locations.

A specific number of hotels wasn’t given (Choice Hotels claims to have over 7,500 hotels nationwide), nor was a rollout timeline, but the company said customers will be able to find hotels with chargers by using a filter on its website and mobile app. Choice Hotels claims its Cambria brand already offers EV charging at 41% of its locations, with all Cambria hotels expected to have at least one charger by the end of 2024.

EV road trips might soon be getting a little bit easier, thanks to thousands of highway fast-chargers.  Starting this year from a network called Ionna, an EV charging network jointly backed by seven automakers, including an undisclosed amount from BMW Group, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis. The network, which previously called itself out under the banner of “We Charge North America,” revealed its name earlier this year, along with a confirmation that it has received regulatory approval and is officially starting up.

Wind power’s solid reputation.  Provinces across the country need to expand their grids as the economy electrifies, and hydro-rich provinces are no exception. This week, crown utility Manitoba Hydro announced that it will need to add new electricity sources as early as 2029—supply that it’s hoping to buy from independent wind power producers. Meanwhile, Hydro-Quebec approved eight new wind projects that could collectively generate 1.5 gigawatts and a Madrid-based renewables firm switched on a new 67-turbine wind farm in Alberta, citing the cost-effectiveness of renewables. 

Battery electric storage systems (BESS) and other energy/electricity storage systems –  Loans from the Canada Infrastructure Bank and NRCan will be used to boost renewable electricity strategy, in a partnership between Nova Scotia and a Mi’kmaq development agency.  The Canada Infrastructure Bank and Natural Resources Canada are providing a combined $249.2 million for a new multi-location energy storage project in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NS Power), the province’s main electricity provider, and its partner, the Wskijinu’k Mtmo’taqnuow Agency Ltd. (WMA) will use the funds to build three 50 megawatt, four-hour battery storage facilities in White Rock, Bridgewater and  Waverley.

“This is one of a suite of projects and initiatives that will help us to achieve the climate goals of reaching 80 per cent renewables and moving off coal by 2030,” says a spokesperson to NS Power to Electric Autonomy. “Batteries and other energy storage technologies are essential in our move towards more renewable electricity.”

The US added 1.2 million EVs to the grid in 2023 and electricity use 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/  How is this possible? One word — efficiency. Our electric appliances have gotten so much more efficient. Thank you technology improvements and appliance standards! There was a 50% improvement in US energy intensity (energy use compared to GDP) from 1980 to 2014, for example.   Let’s hope Canada has similar figures.

US EV Sales blew past 2022 levels every month in 2023 – EV sales not only increased in 2023 overall, but they were higher than 2022 levels for every month of the year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  Car sales are seasonal, and they always have been, so there’s no reason to expect that total vehicle sales or even EV sales broken out will go up every month. Yet that’s exactly what DOE data show.

However, they still have a way to go to make an impact on climate change.  In addition to not moving fast enough to keep pace with some automakers’ business plans, EV sales may need to quicken in order to make a true impact on carbon emissions. Because, as a December 2023 report from Experian found, sales of gasoline vehicles, by sheer number, not percentage, are still growing faster than EV sales.

Gas-powered vehicle sales now declining in Canada, according to new report from 440 Megatonnes.  440 Megatonnes, a project launched by the Canadian Climate Institute to track progress on Canada’s commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through targets, plans, and policies, released a new report on February 15 tracking the decline of ICE vehicle sales as Canadians increasingly make the switch to EVs.  The report notes a staggering annual growth rate of EV sales nation-wide of 46% between 2017 and 2023. The updward trend in EV sales runs in contrast to sales for gas-powered cars, which have been declining by an annual average rate of 6.3% since 2017.  Read the full report here.

Dunsky Energy + Climate EV Market Update – Feb 2024 – Provides market updates Canada-wide and province by province.

Battery manufacturing, recycling & other manufacturing news –  For the first time, Canada has surpassed China to lead BloombergNEF’s annual ranking based on an analysis of 46 metrics in five categories.  https://electricautonomy.ca/2024/02/05/canada-top-spot-bloombergnef-battery-supply-chain-ranking/

The new $13.5-million Canadian Battery Innovation Centre and a separate battery technology graduate program will help meet the growing Canadian demand for EV battery expertise.  Dalhousie University is launching two new initiatives to grow Canadian talent and expertise in the EV battery industry.  One of the Halifax school’s leading battery researchers tells Electric Autonomy that Dalhousie plans to build a new $13.5-million R&D prototyping facility: the Canadian Battery Innovation Centre (CBIC). The school also plans to launch a new Master of Battery Technology program with a projected start in fall 2025. 

Lithiium-Sulfur batteries – show promising improvements.  Smaller, lighter, cheaper and higher energy density.  https://www.technologyreview.com/2024/02/14/1088177/sulfur-cheaper-better-batteries/

Lithium supply may soon exceed demand for use in EV batteries, potentially bringing price parity with internal-combustion vehicles later this decade, according to a new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).   New emissions rules proposed by the US EPA are expected to boost EV sales to 67% of total U.S. new-car sales by 2032, but based on anticipated lithium mining and refining capacity, there should still be a large surplus by that year, the study found.
Chrysler Halcyon Concept EV Promises Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, But When?  When Chrysler unveiled its Halcyon Concept electric sedan on Tuesday, it noted the vehicle “incorporates 800-volt lithium-sulfur batteries,” which it said have a carbon footprint estimated at 60 percent less than today’s best batteries.  The Lyten cells it “envisions” using do not include nickel, cobalt, or manganese among their metals. Instead, they use sulfur, which is lower on the atomic table than metals used in today’s lithium-ion cells—meaning the cells are more energy-dense, i.e. they weigh less for a given energy capacity. Sulfur is also the fifth most common element on earth, found in volcanic regions and near hot springs across the globe, which could reduce its raw-materials cost.

EV Revolution reviews with Kenneth Bokor – Highlights from the 2024 Canadian Auto Show in Toronto.   Check out his YouTube channel for all his archived review.  https://www.youtube.com/c/EVRevolution.

EVs and your health – Global News Feb 21, 2024 – EV shift could prevent thousands of premature deaths in kids, report claims.  https://globalnews.ca/news/10307460/electric-vehicles-prevent-illness-death-children-2050/

Electric Buses – Nine Alberta transit authorities selected to study zero-emission buses.  The project, with funding from the federal government and FortisAlberta, will help the agencies plan for and adopt zero-emission buses.  Nine transit authorities in Alberta are participating in a new project to study the procurement and deployment of zero-emission buses.  The Alberta Municipality Constellation project is spearheaded by the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and FortisAlberta. It will focus on assessing the economic, technical, and environmental factors associated with the transition to zero-emission buses.
Fleet Electrification – 2024 Year of the electric fleet.  Fleets are also off to a strong start this year, with Canadian grocery giant Loblaw set to deploy 10 battery-electric semi-trucks in Vancouver and California water treatment firm Ecolab buying more than 1,000 Ford EVs to slash annual fuel costs.

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 4380.  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

As Demand Grows for Electric Cars, So Does the Market for Green Jobs in the EV Industry.  Analysts expect openings for all types of electric vehicle jobs to expand over the next decade, with new opportunities across the country.

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. Whether it’s in the media or over dinner conversations, EV myths continue to persist. Global News recently made a decent attempt to bust them, but we will dive in even deeper in an upcoming webinar with experts in the field. Join us and Electric Mobility Canada’s Daniel Breton and the Globe and Mail’s Matt Bubbers on March 12th at 10 am PT (1 pm ET) for an insightful session covering the rise of EV disinformation and how to tackle it. Register for it here  

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/

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