The reference for public EV charging station information.
Article published in June 2015.
Thanks to its ChargeHub platform, Mogile Technologies is the reference for public EV charging station information in North America.
What is ChargeHub?
– ChargeHub aggregates all public charging station information in one user friendly database
– The iOS & Android versions of ChargeHub were downloaded by over 50,000 users in the past year
– ChargeHub’s database is constantly updated by a combination of sources including EVSE network partners and tens of thousands of EV drivers
– The ChargeHub map can easily be embedded in websites at no cost via theChargeHub Custom Map Generator
– Organizations interested in EV infrastructure can sign-up to receive free periodic EV infrastructure data report summaries via email
– Access to ChargeHub’s raw data and/or in depth market analytics reports is available to organizations as a live feed or via custom arrangements.
For more information on these services, please contact Simon Ouellette at 514-452-5322 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI)
(Article published in May 2015)
A NEW PILLAR FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY
At an organizational meeting held on February 11, the Centre national du transport avancé (CNTA) and the Institut du transport avancé (ITAQ) officially joined forces. Their activities are now united under a single organization: the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI). This new entity becomes a leading reference for the development of technological solutions to reduce transport environmental footprint.
At the heart of Quebec’s innovative vehicle ecosystem, the IVI is ready to fulfill its mission: supporting companies and organizations in applied research, development, evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies in the transport sector. Its projects focus towards transport electrification, vehicular intelligence, energy efficiency of vehicles, and greenhouse gas reduction by promoting renewable energies.
In this regard, several mandates to support the implementation of BEVs are already underway, including industrialization of e-school buses (Bus Lion), heavy electric vehicles for the mining industry (Manufacture Adria), an e-shuttle service between terminals (Calgary Airport), an electric ski boat (LTS Marine), and an electric two-seater quadricycle Twizy Renault (Renault).
The IVI is located in the industrial district of Saint-Jerome, 25 Maisonneuve Blvd.
History tells us that great things happen when performance meets intelligence. Be prepared!
McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics
E-Mobility Study at McMaster to Shed Light on What Consumers Think
By Josipa Petrunic
Executive Director, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL)
Despite a drop in the price of oil globally over the past few months, consumers, businesses, and public authorities have become increasingly wary of the social, economic, and environmental costs of oil and fossil fueled transportation.
As a result, Canadian auto manufacturers now face newly untested legislative terrain in the form of proposed low-emissions policies, including carbon taxes, cap and trade systems, and outright Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) standards. As of 2015, governments in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia have boasted about or have openly pursued some form of carbon mitigation policy. These legislative tools, real or proposed, have made it clear to automotive companies and reticent consumers that the transportation paradigm is shifting – a fact that has become self-evident over the past year as the auto sector itself hit major milestones, including the sale of more than 4 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles worldwide (dominated by Toyota’s Prius technology) and another half-million total sales in plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles led by consumers in the USA and Europe, primarily (with the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S dominating sales figures in those regions).
For governments, the long-term costs associated with negative health, environmental, and infrastructure outcomes due to carbon emissions, smog, and dangerous particulate matter from automotive and transit transportation have long been known in anecdotal terms, but rarely – if ever – have they been quantified or qualified in the contexts of social need, cultural awareness, or economic productivity. In sum, a lot is happening in the EV landscape but we know precious little about what that means for citizens, taxpayers, or individual and corporate consumers.
To address this problem, researchers at the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) in collaboration with researchers from the University of Windsor and the School of Business at McMaster University are completing a five-year study to analyze the cultural patterns, sociological beliefs, technological requirements, and economic opportunities associated with the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The study will survey tens of thousands of Canadians, dozens of fleet managers, and dozens of transit operators to paint a detailed, colored, and contoured picture of electrified transportation opportunities and obstacles across Canada.
This study is federally funded by the Automotive Partnership Canada grant and supported by a cohort of industrial and public partners, including Ford Motor Company, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), Burlington Hydro, Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
In essence, MITL’s study is attempting to determine the social costs and benefits of a mass shift towards electric drive technologies across Canada. This can include a range of possibilities, such as the partial shift to hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) or the ubiquitous adoption of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Underpinning this study is a pressing need to learn more about the opportunities and obstacles facing auto sector companies as they transform themselves within the new paradigm of transportation sustainability.
A primary objective of MITL’s research study is to explore questions that need to be asked: If electric mobility is aggressively incentivized by various levels of government, pursued by industry and embraced by the public, what will be the outcome for Canada including its automotive sector? Conversely, what could be the long-term implications if inertia to change prevents or delays this transition?
The MITL research team is just now completing a pilot Consumer Preference Survey, which will be issued to a selection of participants from across Canada in February. Following the pilot study, the team will revise and improve the survey before issuing it to 20,000 Canadians across all provinces and territories. For the first time in Canadian history, Canadians will have a statistically significant study demonstrating what the average Canadian knows about EVs, believes about EVs, and is willing to accept as part of an EV-enabled future.
Canada has a robust automotive sector both in vehicle assembly and auto parts manufacturing, but it is one that has come under intense pressure as cheaper labor and greater government incentivization in the USA and Mexico has lured assembly plants and manufacturing investments southward. Still, there is an opportunity for Canada to take a leadership position in the competition for “green economy” jobs and investments in research-intensive technologies that support start-ups and small-to-mid sized businesses operating in the electrified vehicle space. Determining answers to basic questions, such as “What do Canadians think about electric vehicles?” and “How likely is the average Canadian to adopt a PHEV or BEV in the next five years?” constitutes a stepping-stone in that direction.
Sun Country Highway
Canadian Leader in Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions
(Article published in December 2014)
Sun Country Highway has been leading electric vehicle infrastructure development for close to three years, leveraging its unique model for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The company is so pleased to work with its partners, progressive leaders, and early adopters to drive the industry forward, reinvesting earnings to expand and grow infrastructure in this great nation – and beyond.
At the conclusion of this year’s Sun Country Highway E-mazing Race 2014, a special moment was shared when, earlier in the race, a participant had to drop out of the trans-continental race due to personal health issues. Another participant, who had only met that individual for 10 minutes while charging their vehicles at a Sun Country Highway host location, personally committed to sponsoring a charging station in that person’s name – in recognition of their spirit and commitment to the cause. This type of sentiment and inspiration is the driving force behind change and what will ultimately help to pave the road to a greener future for Canada.
Most recently, the Company recently announced it would be provisioning up to 1000 Electric Vehicle Chargers in Canada – reinvesting its profits to green Canada’s highways and drive sustainability. Just in time for 2015, Sun Country Highway will be offering all qualified municipalities and businesses the opportunity to receive charging stations at no capital cost. This project will help position Canada as the global leader in electric vehicle infrastructure.
“Our goal is to make Canada the global leader in electric vehicle infrastructure. As a leader in electric vehicle charging deployment, we are excited to strategically implement a program that will see 1000 high-powered charging stations installed across Canada, promoting emission-free travel across all Provinces- proving that a robust infrastructure will help promote electric vehicle adoption and, more importantly, energize local economies by driving economic, social and environmental sustainability.” – Christopher Misch, Vice President Sun Country Highway
Short-term rental of electric vehicles in Montreal!
(Article published in October 2014)
EEKO Logical Car Rental (EEKO), a short-term 100% electric car rental company, began its operation in July 2014. EEKO is based in Ville Saint-Laurent in Montreal and currently has four electric cars available: Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV. EEKO’s mission is to convert drivers to electric mobility one rental at a time. We offer our services to individuals and companies. Whether you would like to try an EV before buying one or rent one for business, EEKO vehicles takes you where you need to go with zero emission. Our taff is always there to guide you during your rental experience. EEKO not only has a 100% electric fleet, it also offers an outstanding customer service. We are pleased to deliver your rental vehicle at home, or at the office, in a 20 kilometer radius from our place. Our staff always takes the time needed to explain the specifications of the vehicle before you take the road.
EEKO also proposed tailored corporate packages. These are perfect for environmental friendly executives wishing to offer a unique and fun activity to their employees while learning about EVs. To learn more about our corporate packages or our rentals, visit our website or call us toll free at 1-844-EEKO-CAR !
Springpower International Inc.
Article published in September 2014
The Technological Enabler of Electrified Transportation
Springpower International Inc (SPI) was incorporated in Mississauga, Ontario in 2010 by former Inco Limited’s technical and marketing experts in energy materials, in partnership with researchers at University of Western Ontario. The company focuses on development and commercialization of advanced materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries destined for electric transportation.
With extensive research and development of more than three years, SPI made major breakthroughs in July 2013 in low cost, mass production technology of silicon nanowires and nanoparticles. The materials have 10 times theoretical capacity of current graphite anode material and are considered as the ultimate anode material of Lithium ion batteries enabling wider acceptance of electrical vehicles and plug-in electric vehicles.
SPI Silicon Nanowires
SPI operates an industrial lab in London and is setting up a pilot plant in Mississauga while planning a commercial demonstration plant to commercialize the silicon nanostructure materials in Canada and other countries. Interested parties as investor or customer are welcome for further discussions.
Please contact Harris (Quanmin) Yang, President of SPI at (647) 269-7065 or email@example.com.
Université de Sherbrooke
Article published on July 8, 2014
23 students from the Université de Sherbrooke won the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2014 with E-Volve, a 100% electric vehicle, in the Urban Concept/Electric Battery category. The Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2014 was held in Texas, USA in April 2014.
Watch the video that explains their story.
Article published on July 7, 2014
AddÉnergie, the leader for charging solutions in Canada, launched new mobile apps to easily charge your EV. The two new mobile applications were launched on July 4 for the EV charging networks Circuit électrique and RéseauVER.
Article published in June 2014
Vossloh Kiepe is synonymous with innovative solutions for electrically driven transit vehicles.
Electrical equipment from Vossloh Kiepe drives transit vehicles in almost every corner of the world – great examples can be found in Austria, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the U.S.A., and Venezuela.
Founded in 1906 in Germany, Vossloh Kiepe has grown into a player of international status. Besides the environment-friendly traction equipment for battery buses, hybrid buses, trolley buses and streetcars and LRVs, Vossloh Kiepe has specialized in the retrofit of rail vehicles.
Vossloh Kiepe operates a sales and service center in Vancouver, BC and a manufacturing plant in Alpharetta, GA. Vossloh Kiepe has supplied key products for the public transit network in metro Vancouver. These include the electric propulsion system for the electric trolley buses operated by Coast Mountain Bus Co., some of the track material for Canada Line and electrical components for the retrofit of SkyTrain cars.
The first opportunity-charging battery bus with traction equipment from Vossloh Kiepe is operating in Brunswick.
Together with the drive specialist Vossloh Kiepe the Canadian bus manufacturer New Flyer from Winnipeg is going to deliver state-of-the-art trolley buses to Seattle, Washington and San Francisco. Vossloh Kiepe is responsible for the complete traction system.
Vossloh Kiepe and New Flyer continue their successful partnership with this order. The two companies have already cooperated on the delivery 262 trolley buses to Vancouver and 38 trolley buses to Philadelphia.
FormFlex/Metazet North America
Article published June 4, 2014.
After an incredible launch of the Virto, we now introduce the Virto S. The new Virto S is more rugged and robust than the Virto. The innovative electric tricycle is driven while standing up and therefore offers surprisingly good visibility during today’s busy traffic. The high quality Virto S is developed in the Netherlands and manufactured in North America.
It is safe, easy to ride, highly stable even on rough terrain, has a top speed set at 25 km/h (16 mph) and has a driving range of up to 90 km (56 miles) each charge!
The Virto S is agile, environmentally friendly, emit no toxic fumes, is quiet and charging and maintenance is economical.
CrossChasm Technologies Inc.
In 2011, FleetCarma was launched to enable fleet managers to use PredictiveTCO to procure the best vehicles for their fleet and deploy them in the ideal routes. While the service was originally focused on Electric Vehicle (EV) suitability it is now being expanded beyond plug-in vehicles, to conventional and heavy duty vehicles and includes over 270 validated models.
In 2012, FleetCarma launched the World’s first turnkey electric vehicle logger using its C5 logger. With an ultra-low power draw and ability to read EV signals, the system is used by fleets and researchers across North America, Europe, and Africa. In addition to unlocking signals for EVs the system is capable of logging conventional, hybrid, and alternate-fueled vehicles.
MyCarma brings FleetCarma benefits to individuals. MyCarma myLabel, a service provided by dealerships to car buyers, gives individuals a personal fuel-efficiency label based on their driving habits, resulting in an average increase in the efficiency purchased by almost 9%.
MyCarma is currently running a crowdfunding campaign for an EV logger & app for individuals, named myEV. For more details or to back the campaign please click here.
Impulse Technologies Inc.
Article published in April 2014
Founded in 2013 after 8 years of research, Impulse Technologies Inc. is a Montreal based company that develops and commercializes electric motors. With its motor ARKON, Impulse Technologies plans to become a key EV actor in Quebec and North America. ARKON has been developed for the automobile sector, particularly sedans and recreational vehicles.
According to Impulse Technologies, the quality of the batteries cannot explain the poor performance of an electric motor. Standard electric motor conception does not make full use of the available technologies in order to optimize its performance and energy efficiency. ARKON represents the ideal solution to address this issue. Our motor combines power and energy efficiency. Furthermore, its design is innovative: precise geometrical position of the magnets and a new alloy for the manufacturing of the coils. ARKON is currently patent pending in North America and will soon be protected at the international level.
To learn more about Impulse Technolgies and ARKON, please contact Paulin Mukuna Mpoyi at 514-396-8482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office : 400 Rue Montfort, Montréal, H3C 4J9
Red River College
Article published in March 2014
Red River College is helping shape the future of Manitoba’s sustainable transit system
In 2011, thanks to $645,000 in support from the Province of Manitoba, RRC developed its Electric Vehicle Technology & Education Centre (EVTEC). EVTEC’s mandate is to test and demonstrate electric vehicle technologies and to educate the public and increase awareness for electric vehicle technology – all while allowing the College to enhance applied research and training programs.
RRC’s work in the EV sector has been demonstrated on numerous fronts, most recently in 2012 with the unveiling of New Flyer Industries’ prototype all-electric 40-foot Xcelsior heavy-duty transit bus. The 100 per cent battery powered bus is the first of its kind in Canada, with an ability to run for 3 to 4 hours (approximately 80 km in typical public transit start/stop driving) on one 30 to 40 minute charge with zero emissions. The all-electric bus was developed over a three-year period by five partners including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (who supplied the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries), New Flyer Industries (who manufactured the bus), Manitoba Hydro, the Province of Manitoba and RRC at a cost of $3 million.
Since the unveiling of the prototype, New Flyer has secured a further $3.4 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to develop four additional buses that will be tested later this year in Winnipeg. RRC, with financial support from the Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council, redeveloped the Mitsubishi battery packs to be installed in two of the SDTC buses. EVTEC will be there every step of the way to gauge how the buses and charging stations will function while operating in Winnipeg’s severe climates and conditions.
With the support of numerous project sponsors, RRC has become a driving force for promoting, innovating and performing applied research in the sustainable transportation sector. This includes the development of the Red River Raycer (a solar car that won four North American Solar Challenge awards), the Hybrid Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine and Hydrogen Fuel Cell bus demonstrations, and the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle fleet conversion, demonstration and evaluation.
RRC’s EVTEC is also performing studies on commercially available passenger EVs including the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and Mitsubishi iMiEV, while also raising awareness of EV and hybrid technology through various public exhibits and educational forums, including providing technical information to media.
Powertech Labs inc.
Article published in January 2014
Powertech Labs Inc. is a leader in Smart Grid interoperability testing and operates facilities which replicate the utility environment from field devices to back-office applications. This environment allows Powertech to support vehicle and device OEMs, energy service providers and utilities to test and evaluate EV interoperability solutions. Capabilities include:
* EV data collection and analytics(from vehicles or infrastructure)
* EV communications pathways validation (AMI, IP based, HAN, FAN, SCADA, Open Standards and others)
* Use case development and simulation
* Interoperability testing and verification
A Smart Grid is realized by overlaying a communications infrastructure on top of existing power system infrastructure. This communications network allows for bi-directional communication between a broader range of field devices and utility back-office operations. These new capabilities for monitoring and control enable grid operations to respond dynamically to real-time grid conditions and to make informed ‘smart’ decisions on the management of utility assets.
Within the context of the Smart Grid, EVs and EV charge infrastructure become additional field devices able to participate in grid operations. EVs represent a special case of devices in that they can be viewed as a source of generation, load, or storage. Vehicles are also nomadic and may appear and disappear on the grid at different times and locations. Fixed EV charge infrastructure on the other hand, can play a role as the interconnection point for vehicles to the grid, or as a source of load that can be managed through the Smart Grid infrastructure.
Powertech is a leader in Canada in providing a wide range of EV integration services, delivered through the Smart Utilities business group. These services include project management, design and engineering consultancy.
Article published in December 2013
PowerStream has taken a leadership role for several years now in testing the performance of various smart grid technologies, and in November 2013 broke new ground with the implementation of a micro grid demonstration project at its Vaughan head office. This makes it one of the first utilities of its size in North America to evaluate micro grid performance while connected, or disconnected and reconnected, to the provincial electricity distribution system.
As part of the micro grid project, the company is drawing electricity from several sources – a solar assisted carport charging station, a solar array, a wind turbine, a natural-gas generator, as well as lead acid, lithium ion and Sodium Nickel Chloride batteries – in order to meet head office building needs such as lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration as well as to power its fleet of electric vehicles.
In the electric vehicle space of the micro grid demonstration, PowerStream partnered with Renewz Sustainable Solutions inc, of Montreal, Quebec, in the deployment of the solar assisted carport charging station – a “road to roof” solution that integrates renewable solar power with electric vehicle Level 2 chargers.
Article published in August 2013
NB Power has made progress since the June launch of our “Shift your Ride” EV program. NB Power is collaborating with Waterloo-based Fleet Carma on this project and to date, they have completed fleet reviews with our five municipal partners.. We are seeing very positive results – 80% of the cars evaluated are suitable for EV – and the municipalities are now considering options and making purchasing decisions.
Other notable highlights include the completion of installation standards and the technical evaluation for public charging infrastructure. NB Power is also embarking on a residential business case analysis. Infrastructure deployment will continue through 2013-2014.
On the engagement front, NB Power and our partner PlugNDrive hosted a “Train the Trainer” session for car dealer staff and NGOs in July. We are rounding off the summer season with a “Shift your Ride” test drive at Atlantic Canada’s largest music festival – the prestigious Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton. Some 80,000 attendees will have the opportunity to visit with NB Power and see – and hopefully drive! – a GM Volt, the Mitsubishi iMiev or the Ford Fusion and C-Max for the first time. We are looking forward to spreading our excitement about electric vehicles with many more thousands of New Brunswickers.
The Little Wind Farm of David Swan
Article published in July 2013
David Swan is an engineer who was born in the Tatamagouche area but who spent much of his career in the United States. He has returned to Tatamagouche in the early 2000s to set up a consulting firm, DHS Engineering, after years away working in Texas and California. He wanted to do something that would help diversify the local economy and make a positive environmental impact. He therefore spearheaded the effort to build a little wind farm just outside of Tatamagouche. This project is owned by 286 people – most of whom live nearby – who have joined together to finance the project, and who will eventually reap dividends from the power it produces. “I’m determined to make money on it,” Mr. Swan said. “People have put their retirement funds into it, and I want their RRSPs to be successful.”
David Swan from DHS Engineering is an EMC member since 2008. He also sits on the EMC Board of Directors.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Article published in May 2013
The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières has a major expertise in electric vehicles. The majority of its projects is oriented towards renewable energy sources and their management in winter conditions (i.e. Li-ion batteries). The “Institut de recherche sur l’hydrogène” studies the integration of hydrogen technologies within vehicles (internal combustion engine and fuel cell).
The work done by UQTR on EVs has 3 major objectives: (i) growth of energy efficiency, (ii) increase of reliability, (iii) increase of durability. Those research projects are industrial partnerships and supported by various programs at the federal level (NSERC) and provincial level (FRQ-NT).
UQTR organized and hosted the Quebec chapter meeting for EMC members in May and sits on the Technical Program Committee for EVVÉ2013 while helping organize the student competition at the annual conference.
City of Vancouver
Article published in April 2013
City of Vancouver named Earth Hour Capital 2013
The City of Vancouver was named Global Earth Hour Capital 2013by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) at an awards ceremony in Malmo, Sweden, one of three prestigious awards given to the city. The Global Earth Hour Capital award recognizes a city taking serious action to address climate change. As the Canadian winner of a WWF Green City Challenge Award, Vancouver was in contention for the Global Award with finalists from India, Italy, the United States, Sweden and Norway. Voters from around the world also selected Vancouver as the People’s Choice winner out of the 17 cities who were national WWF Green City Challenge finalists. “Being named the WWF’s Global Earth Hour Capital is an exceptional honour for Vancouver and more international validation of our comprehensive efforts to be the world’s greenest city,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Even as national governments fail to act, it’s essential that cities continue to lead the way in confronting climate change, and Vancouver’s progress demonstrates that building a greener city also fosters a stronger local economy.”
The City’s overall holistic and strategic approach to climate action – specifically the Vancouver Transportation 2040 strategy, support for local food, and a progressive neighborhood energy plan – were seen as evidence of how Vancouver will play an active role in the transition towards a climate friendly future.
Article published in March 2013
AddEnergie Electrifies Western Canada
Canada’s electric charging leader passes the 100 charging stations mark in Western Canada
It’s official! After several announcements about its success over the past few weeks in British Columbia, AddEnergie has passed the 100 charging stations mark. These stations will power the province’s ever-expanding electric vehicle fleet.AddEnergie thus officially becomes Canada’s largest provider of networked charging stations.
AddEnergie President Louis Tremblay sees an opportunity to stimulate our economy: “I hope that companies in Quebec and the other provinces can understand the importance of helping our country collectively position itself in this high-potential market, by choosing Canadian solutions over American or foreign ones.”
AddEnergie has been an EMC member since 2008 and is involved in the organization in many ways. Not only did they sponsor our annual EV conference in the past years, they are also co-sponsoring the Student Competition at the EVVÉ2013 in October. The 2012 winning team, McGill University, is about to receive its AddEnergie charging station.
To read more about the AddEnergie expansion in the West, click here.