Weekly memos

  • 1. Electric vehicle sales generally on the rise in 2020… but not in Canada

    According to EV Volume, in most countries EVs and PHEVs have been more resistant to COVID than the automotive markets in general. Global shipments of EVs and PHEVs increased by 43% over the previous year, while the global light vehicle market declined by 14%. Their global market share increased from 2.5% in 2019 to 4.2% in 2020.
    Link: https://www.ev-volumes.com

    • Europe: +137% EV sales compared to 2019 / General market: -20% compared to 2019
    • China: +12% EV sales compared to 2019 / General market: -4% compared to 2019
    • United States: +4% EV sales compared to 2019 / General market: -15% compared to 2019
    • Other markets: +24% EV sales compared to 2019 / General market: -19% compared to 2019
    • Canada: -7% EV sales in 2020 vs. 2019 / General market: -20% compared to 2019
    • Japan: -28% EV sales compared to 2019 / General market: -11% compared to 2019

    So Canada has a lot of work ahead. That’s precisely why Electric Mobility Canada exists.


    2. Best Reasons for EMC to accelerate Electric Mobility: Reason #2

    Between 1990 and 2018, GHG emissions from the transport sector increased by 53% in Canada.

    While emissions from cars decreased by 17%, emissions from light trucks (SUVs, pickups, minivans) increased by 150% as Canadians shifted from cars to light trucks. GHG emissions from heavy-duty freight trucks increased by 233%. In 2018, these 3 sub-sectors (cars, light trucks, heavy-duty freight trucks) accounted for 83% of Canada’s total transportation GHG emissions. However, the vast majority of these light and heavy-duty vehicles are or will soon be electrifiable.

    (Excerpt from our “Case for Canada’s Electric Vehicle Industry & Zero Emissions Legislation” presented on November 25, 2020 to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on Electric Vehicles in the House of Commons). Link: https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/EMC-The-case-for-the-EV-industry-and-a-ZEV-standard-DEC-6-2020.pdf

  • Hi to all Electric Mobility Canada members and supporters,

    In the middle of this pandemic, we will do our very best to help you grow your organization.

    NEW FOR 2021: in the weeks and months to come, we will present you EMC’s best reasons to accelerate electric mobility that range from environmental, to economic and health reasons that you will be able to use in your own communications.

    Here are the latest (and good) news in electric mobility to begin 2021:

    1. Amazon plans to procure up to 2,500 all-electric Lion 6 and Lion 8 trucks from Canadian manufacturer Lion Electric by 2025


    2. GM Canada announces tentative deal with Unifor for $1 billion electric vehicle plant in Ontario


    3. EMC’s best reasons to accelerate electric mobility: Reason #1

    According to a 2019 study by the International Energy Agency, Canada is the #1 country in the world for GHG emissions per kilometer driven by its light duty vehicle fleet, in front of the United States. It’s also the largest and the second heaviest in the world. (Taken from “The case for a Canadian EV industry & a ZEV standard”, a document prepared by Electric Mobility Canada for the Standing committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on electric vehicles at the House of Commons):


  • 1. Meet the new Board of Directors of Electric Mobility Canada. 

    It is distinguished by the quality AND diversity of its members.

    2. Electric Mobility Canada welcomes the hydrogen strategy for Canada unveiled last week

    “For the future of green transportation in Canada and the world, Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy is big news. Electric vehicles are at the heart of the fight against climate change and the transition to a net zero economy. Whether these electric vehicles are battery electric or hydrogen, they are complementary technologies. We see great opportunity ahead for hydrogen in Heavy Duty vehicles, ships and planes, in particular. That’s why EMC welcomes the hydrogen strategy as yet another step in the right direction from the government of Canada.”

    Link to EMC’s news release and governmental strategy :

    3. The offices of Electric Mobility will be closed from December 21, 2020 to January 3, 2021

  • 1. December 16 / Annual general meeting

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the membership of EMC will be held on Wednesday December 16 from 3:00-5:00pm Eastern.

    A full package will be emailed to all members. Please watch for details with the link to join the virtual meeting, the agenda and accompanying attachments.

    Hold the date and plan to join us!

    2. EMC report for the Standing committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on electric vehicles (Federal)

    Here is EMC’s report entitled “The case for a Canadian EV industry & a ZEV standard” submitted by Electric Mobility Canada that was sent after EMC’s appearance in front of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on the topic of electric vehicles:


    3. A new and very interesting report from Clean Energy Canada

    “Taking the wheel: How Canada can cut its carbon pollution and revitalize its auto sector”


    4. Consultations pré-budgétaires: Mobilité Électrique Canada au comité permanent des finances

    Daniel Breton will appear Thursday, December 10 in front of the Standing Committee on finance to talk about EMC’s pre-budget proposals (Federal)

    Here are EMC’s proposals as sent last August: https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/Pre-budget-consultation-submission-from-EMC-MEC-Aug-7-2020-1.pdf

    5. Automobile Innovation Magazine: December 2020 edition with EMC’s participation


  • 1. Good news for EVs and EV Infrastructure


    EMC’s efforts are paying off: There are good news in the fall economic statement 2020 for EVs and EV infrastructure:

    • $150 millions over 3 years for charging Infrastructure:
      • $20 M in 2021-2022
      • $65 M in 2022-2023
      • $65 M in 2023-2024
    • $287 for EV rebates:
      • $54 M in 2020-2021
      • $232 M in 2021-2022

    The bulk of the green plan will apparently be announced in the big March budget… making EMC’s appearance at the finance committee even more important. We will be invited to appear in front of the finance committee.


    2. The Lion Electric Company and Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. Announce Merger and Commitments for $200 Million in a PIPE

    Combined Company Expected to be Listed on NYSE

    More info here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201130005465/en/The-Lion-Electric-Company-and-Northern-Genesis-Acquisition-Corp.-Announce-Merger-and-Commitments-for-200-Million-in-a-PIPE-Combined-Company-Expected-to-be-Listed-on-NYSE

  • 1. AGM

    Thank you to all those who submitted nominations to stand for positions on the EMC Board of Directors. We have received many applications from high quality candidates to serve the association. More information about the upcoming Annual General Meeting of the Association is coming soon.

    2. Electric Mobility Canada at the House of Commons standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development to talk about electrification of transportation

    On Wednesday, November 25th, Daniel Breton was invited to speak on transportation electrification before federal elected officials on the topics of industry, incentives for electric vehicles and infrastructure and a federal ZEV standard.

    Videos: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/ENVI/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10960040

    3. Earth Day Canada and IGA invest in charging stations

    EcoCharge is a new network of 100 fast charging stations that are tailored to current and future electric vehicles. Located throughout Quebec and New Brunswick, EcoCharge makes life easier by allowing you to charge your vehicle while you shop for groceries at one of the 50 IGA partner sites.

    For more infos: https://earthday.ca/every-day/programs/ecocharge/

    4. The Federal Greening Government strategy has been recently updated

    Detail : https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/innovation/greening-government/strategy.html

    5. Lithion Recycling Granted Patent for its Unique Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Process

    Detail : https://www.lithionrecycling.com/lithion-recycling-granted-patent-for-its-unique-lithium-ion-battery-recycling-process/

    6. Annual conference

    Videos of our annual conference are now on line. (In the members only section)

  • 1. Annual conference: A great success!

    With quality speakers and subjects, a high participation rate and great sponsor involvement, Electric Mobility Canada‘s first annual conference in virtual mode proved to be a real success.

    Videos of the panels will be available shortly in the members’ only section.

    2. Quebec’s Green Economy Plan 2030: Numerous concrete measures for the electrification of transportation.

    Electric Mobility Canada enthusiastically welcomed this plan, which places great importance on the electrification of transportation. Here is EMC’s press release: https://emc-mec.ca/new/electric-mobility-canada-applauds-the-government-of-quebec-on-its-bold-plan-for-transportation-electrification/

    3. Our annual general meeting is fast approaching!

    On December 16th will take place our annual general meeting which will of course be in virtual mode.

    We invite you to follow the developments in the days to come.

    4. A new initiative to support a robust national ZEV supply chain is created

    The Transition Accelerator and Electric Mobility Canada (supported by Dunsky Energy Consulting) and with the financial support of the Ivey Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at building a robust, cross-Canada Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) industry supply chain.”

    Press release: https://emc-mec.ca/new/media-release-new-initiative-to-support-a-robust-national-zev-supply-chain/

    5. StatsCan launches its news EV sales data program:

    With more and more ZEVs being sold in Canada, StatsCan has started to collect the info that will soon be published on a quarterly basis.

    Here is the link to the first edition: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2020077-eng.htm

    (Credit: StatsCan)

  • Here are this week’s news from Electric Mobility Canada

    1. Hold the date ! Electric Mobility Canada’s annual conference (now virtual) will be held on Nov 9-10

    Nov 9: Policy Day

    Nov 10: Technology Day

    This year’s theme is Electro-mobilize!

    2. Electric Mobility Canada’s efforts are paying off

    Yesterday, the federal government announced a $1,5 billion investment to accelerate the adoption of zero-emission buses and charging infrastructures

    More detail.

  • Hi, here is what happened this week:


    1. Throne speech: EMC applauds the federal government

    The Throne speech was an important step towards a greener and more competitive economy. We can’t wait to discover the more specific measures that should announced this fall!

    EMC press release here: https://emc-mec.ca/new/throne-speech-electric-mobility-canada-applauds-the-canadian-governments-support-towards-climate-electric-mobility-and-clean-technology/


    2. A new ZEV regulation for California

    California announced yesterday their new and more stringent regulation for Zero Emission vehicles sales:


    • 2035: Light Duty Vehicles
    • 2035: Short-haul/drayage trucks
    • 2045: Heavy duty long haul trucks


  • 1. Québec ZEV standard follow up: EMC’s recommendations

    Here are EMC’s recommendations for the follow up on the Québec ZEV standard.

    Québec ZEV Standard – Recommendations (August 2020)


    2. Electric vehicles pollute a lot less than older studies suggest (study)

    Comparing the lifetime green house gas emissions of electric cars with the emissions of cars using gasoline or diesel, Eindhoven University of Technology



    1. A VERY important survey!

    After our July conference, EMC, with the collaboration of NRCan, has put together this survey to understand how the current COVID crisis is affecting our industry.

    Please answer this very important survey.


    2. Today’s World EV day

    Many activities are happening today for World EV day. More details:


    3. EMC is now a partner of AJAC’s ECOmonth

    AJAC’s annual EcoRun event has now become EcoMonth, in which it will devote the entire month of September to educating consumers on the merits of electrified and fuel-efficient driving, all while maintaining a physical distance. EcoMonth activities will take place across Canada in AJAC journalists’ home markets with location visits and drive routes mapped for between 20 to 25 member participants. This allows us to communicate the many health and economic benefits of clean driving and technology to Canadians in a manner that’s safe yet effective for all involved.



    1. Q2 Canadian EV sales numbers (for members only)

    The latest EV sales numbers for the second quarter of 2020 are out!


    2. Electric Mobility Canada in the media

    CTV News: Advocates hope Ottawa expands, renews electric car rebate program

    3. Electric sea doo from Taïga Motors


  • 1. Pre budget consultation

    For those who could not access EMC’s federal pre budget consultation document, here it is: Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming Federal Budget.

    2. Federal Clean Fuel Standard

    Here is the link towards EMC’s recommendations regarding the federal clean fuel standard.

    3. Our November annual conference is going virtual

    Considering the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to go virtual once again… especially after the resounding success of our July event.
    (More details to follow soon)

    1. Our first virtual conference was a smashing success! 
      • More than 600 registered participants;
      • World class quality panelists
      • 2 days of discussions
      • A high tech virtual conference technology that raised the bar for all virtual conferences

        (More news from the conference and upcoming report to follow)

    2. NRCan wants your projets : Here is the RFP from NRCanRequest for Proposals – Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness InitiativeNatural Resources Canada (NRCan) is now accepting project proposals for funding consideration under the new Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative. This second Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks proposals for innovative projects that aim to increase consumer awareness of zero-emission vehicles and infrastructure.We invite you to visit our website for more information and to contact us at nrcan.zev-vze.rncan@canada.ca in order to receive a copy of the Applicant’s Package, which includes the Applicant’s Guide and Application Form.Project Proposals must be submitted via email no later than September 8, 2020, 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time. Should you have any questions about the Program, please do not hesitate to contact us at nrcan.zev-vze.rncan@canada.ca
    3. EMC now has 212 members, a record !
      During this pandemic, Electric Mobility Canada managed to welcome many new members from many sectors and regions of Canada. They are from BC, Alberta, Ontario and Québec… and we are expecting more new members in the weeks and months to come.
    4. For members involved in BC : A new funding opportunity
      « As you may know, MNP has been engaged by the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to manage and administer the CleanBC Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program. The program is designed to support advanced research, commercialization and demonstration projects of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) related technologies. On July 9, 2020, the Province of British Columbia announced $4.18 million in new funding under the ARC program. For more information on this announcement and eligibility for funding, please refer to thenews release and arcbc.ca.We are hoping to raise awareness of the program along with the current Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) that closes onAugust 14, 2020.While we have already invited a number of firms in the ZEV sector in BC to apply for funding, we would appreciate your help in reaching out to additional contacts that may be interested in the program. In particular, we would like your assistance with advertising the ARC program to your members and stakeholders, either through an announcement on social media, a section in an upcoming newsletter or a mention on your website. The program targets private sector organizations with BC-based research, development and commercialization activities in the ZEV sector.
  • To all EMC’s members, here is the official program of our first virtual conference (July 7-8) supported by the most advanced technology to make sure… it doesn’t get in the way of the very interesting discussions! We are proud to say that our list of speakers is really impressive… and some surprises will be announced very soon!


    Free for members / Registrations start Monday June 29 / A few sponsorship spaces left / For more details: info@emc-mec.ca

    1. Webinar from Flo on the impact of COVID-19 on charging infrastructures: June 17, 2 PM EDT. Experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on EV charging infrastructure, and analyze its impact on the utilization of EV charging networks. You will :
      • Learn about and discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on charging behaviour across North America,
      • Hear from noted policy analysts who specialize in EV charging and sustainability initiatives,
      • Study real-time data and analytics from charging deployments in Canada and the United States.Register

        Speakers :

    2. Economic Recovery through electromobility:
      On June 20, 2020 (1 to 3 PM ET), Electric Mobility Canada participates in an EV demonstration to promote electrification of transports as a sustainable way to help economic recovery. From scooters, to cars, to trucks to buses, to chargers, they will be put together to show the diversity of the many electric modes of transportation. The event will be held in Saint-Jérôme, QC with different actors of the electro mobility scene.
      (More details to follow)

    Don’t forget to plan your participation in our 2020 conference EV2020VĖ – November 9-12, 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario.

    1. Webinar from Lithion Recycling / reminder: On May 28, the Lithion Recycling Team will do a Webinar on battery recycling. “Lithium-ion batteries have become the most widely used technology for EVs. However, dealing with them at their end-of-life represents many different logistic, environmental and technical challenges. In this webinar, Lithion Recycling will portray the current industry and handling of li-ion batteries from EVs in North America. They will also describe and compare the different available solutions to recycle and reuse them. Finally, they will share information on the stage of their project and why they chose hydrometallurgy as the base of their recycling process.”
    2. EMC EV sales report Q1 2020: 12,000 Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) sold, up 50 per cent year-over-year. ZEV represented 5.6% of vehicle sales in March, a new record. (All the related data is in the PDF document)
    3. Survey for EMC members to fill from the B.C. government for those who do business in B.C.:On behalf of the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (the Ministry), we are pleased to provide you with your link to participate in the Zero-Emission Vehicle (“ZEV”) Sector Profile and Economic Opportunities Assessment survey. The survey is being administered by the national accounting and business advisory firm, MNP LLP.

      Your input will help the Ministry communicate the economic contribution of ZEV companies and organizations operating in BC and will provide relevant information to update the 
      2016 Economic Opportunities Assessment Report. Information collected will also be used to inform future funding calls of the CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (“ARC”) Program including a funding call that will be issued in summer 2020.

      The Province of British Columbia’s 
      CleanBC Go Electric programming is making clean transportation more affordable and accessible for British Columbians. CleanBC Go Electric includes programs focused on electric vehicle public awareness, rebates for zero-emission vehicles and chargers, targeted investments in public charging, hydrogen fueling stations, zero-emission fleets and commercial transport, as well as jobs training and economic development.  The ARC Program is one of a suite of programs that is offered under the CleanBC Go Electric Program. 
    Don’t forget to plan your participation in our 2020 conference EV2020VĖ – November 9-12, 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario.
    1. Webinar from Lithion Recycling / reminder: On May 28, the Lithion Recycling Team will do a Webinar on battery recycling (more details to follow). If you are interested, please send an email to Kiana Pagé-Lajoie.
    2. Clean Energy Task Force: Last week was launched the resilientrecovery.ca campaign where 260 signatories representing more than 2,000 companies and organizations sent the following letter to the media and the governments that you can read here.
      It’s not too late for your company or organization to sign the letter. Press release
    3. Advisory committee for the British Columbia government: EMC has had a second meeting with Minister Ralston to work on a more detailed stimulus plan.
    4. Briefing notes from EMC: Over the past weeks, we have been working on more detailed stimulus recommendations inspired by our original proposition document for the different federal ministries that should be ready this week.

    Don’t forget to plan your participation in our 2020 conference EV2020VĖ – November 9-12, 2020 in Mississauga, Ontario.