Weekly memos

  • 1. June 10, 2021: Electric Mobility Canada Annual General Meeting / Call for Nominations

    Our bylaws provide for the election of members of the Electric Mobility Canada Board of Directors at each Annual General Meeting.

    Our next Annual General Meeting is scheduled from 3:00-5:00pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday, June 10, 2021 on a virtual platform.

    Our bylaws further provide that only voting members may serve on the Board of Directors.

    The deadline to submit your nomination has been set for the end of the day on Friday, May 14, 2021.

    For more information and the application process.

    2. Executive Director sought for the Canadian ZEV Supply Chain Alliance

    Electric Mobility Canada and the founding members of the newly formed Canadian ZEV Supply Chain Alliance are seeking its first Executive Director to lead this organization which will begin operations in June 2021. Applications will be accepted until May 14, 2021.

    Info here.

    3. The Atmospheric Fund offers $2 millions in Flexible financing for EV solutions

    Do you have a proven EV solution ready to scale across Canada? If your business…

    • Has demonstrated potential to achieve deep carbon reduction

    • Is third-party proven and commercial-ready

    • Offers risk-adjusted returns

    You can access up to $2 million in financing from The Atmospheric Fund, including:

    • Project financing

    • Enterprise financing

    Get to know TAF beyond an impact investor

    Fellow EMC member The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) is a regional climate agency that invests in scalable low-carbon solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. TAF helps investments succeed by addressing policy, research, financing and other barriers to commercialization through its advocacy, programs, and grants to local municipalities and non-profit organizations. We are particularly interested in opportunities that ensure equitable access to low carbon options.

    For more info see the TAF website or contact Nicole Leite, Director, Impact Investing at nleite@taf.ca for more information.

  • Electric Mobility Canada is very active with events, analysis, announcements and a strong media presence. Here are some key highlights of the week:

    1. Electric Mobility Canada Prairies regional meeting

    Please register to the Electric Mobility Canada Prairies regional meeting, April 27 7 to 8:30 pm (local time)

    2. StatsCan 2020 ZEV sales data

    3. EMC Federal budget highlights

    EMC Federal budget highlights (PDF)

    4. BC budget highlights

    BC budget highlights (PDF)

    $506 million in new investments for CleanBC, including $123 million in operating funding and $7 million in capital funding over three years to support cleaner transportation

    • This includes $94 million over the fiscal plan to continue the Go Electric Program which provides financial rebates to customers who buy zero-emissions vehicles, charging stations, and funding to support commercialization of medium and heavy-duty vehicles.
    • This funding is in addition to a new $40 million invested in 2020/21 to transition the existing incentives program to an income-tested model in 2021/22.
    • There is also $10 million over three years to develop policy on reducing the carbon intensity of fuel and develop the hydrogen economy.

    Of note from Ministry Service Plans: EMLCI

    • Goal 1: An innovative, low carbon energy portfolio that advances CleanBC economic opportunities across all sectors.
      • Objective 1.2: Quality programs and incentives that encourage British Columbians to choose greener homes, buildings and transportation.
      • Increase electric vehicle charging capacity through supporting installation of home and workplace charging stations.
      • Introduce income-based rebates for new Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs), create new incentives for used ZEVs and expand the Speciality-Use Vehicle Incentive Program

    MOTI

    • Goal 3: Invest in transportation options that enhance network efficiency and support climate change objectives
      • Objective 3.2: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector

    Key Strategies (not exhaustive)

        • Encourage shifting to more efficient and lower-carbon emitting modes of transportation and cleaner fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen and electricity.
        • Continue to work with our public transit agencies as they transition to low carbon fleets through BC Transit’s Low Carbon Fleet Program and TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy.
        • Build a network of EV charging stations so EV drivers can feel confident travelling throughout B.C.

    AG & Housing: Enable installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in more strata and apartments

    5. Letter to President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau

    Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) and the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), EMC’s US counterpart, send a joint letter to President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau on our common Canada-US ZEV future ahead of the Leader’s Summit on Climate.

    Letter to President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau (PDF)

    6. EMC at the House of Commons

    2 weeks ago, Daniel Breton, EMC’s president and CEO, appeared before the standing committee on Natural Resources for the study on Critical Minerals and Associated Value Chains in Canada.

    This week, he will appear before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology for its study of Economic Recovery from Covid-19.

    7. Electric Mobility Canada in the English media

  • 1. “The road ahead: Encouraging the production and purchase of Zero- Emission Vehicles in Canada”

    Last week, a report by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development at the House of Commons on electric vehicles was published after months of consultation with organizations implicated in the EV world. This very interesting report on EVs in Canada was supported by the 4 parties involved in that consultation: the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NPD and the Bloc Québécois.

    It is worth noting that the majority of quotes, informations and links in support of the following recommendations came from Electric Mobility Canada and its members.

    We can be proud of our growing influence in policy development regarding electric mobility in Canada. This report also demonstrates that the vast majority of Canadians represented by these 4 parties at the House of Commons are now ready for a Canadian EV world.

    The road ahead: Encouraging the production and purchase of Zero- Emission Vehicles in Canada (PDF)

    Report: The road ahead: Encouraging the production and purchase of Zero- Emission Vehicles in Canada (PDF)

    Here are the 13 recommendations:

    • Recommendation 1: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada collect data about the means of users of the iZEV program, including household income and the number of other vehicles that the household owns or leases.

    • Recommendation 2: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada continue to fund ZEV incentive programs, such as the iZEV program, while making the following adjustments to improve the accessibility of the program:

      • Allowing used ZEVs to be eligible for incentives;

      • Adding a scrappage initiative;

      • Scaling the incentive to income; and

      • Reviewing the price cap of the program, in light of the pricing strategy adopted by automakers, including Tesla.

    • Recommendation 3 : The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada review and build on existing programs, such as the Strategic Innovation Fund, to facilitate the continued development of domestic supply chains for the full lifecycle of ZEV components, including batteries

    • Recommendation 4: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada build on existing initiatives, like the Green Mining Innovation program, to improve the environmental performance of Canadian minerals, including those used in battery and hydrogen fuel cell production.

    • Recommendation 5: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with provincial and territorial governments to develop recycling and end of life management strategies for ZEV batteries.

    • Recommendation 6: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada study opportunities to support automotive sector workers while facilities are transitioning to produce ZEVs, and consider dedicated funding to retrain automotive sector workers for ZEV production.

    • Recommendation 7: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with industry and the provinces and territories to establish a national ZEV standard, while respecting constitutional responsibilities and the deep integration of the North American automotive market.

    • Recommendation 8: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada work with provinces and territories to revise building codes, including the forthcoming national model building codes, to encourage the installation of charging infrastructure in newly constructed commercial and multi-unit residential buildings, and encourage the voluntary installation of charging infrastructure in newly-constructed single-family residential dwellings.

    • Recommendation 9: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada review its charging station incentive programs to encourage the installation of smart charging infrastructure, and to expand access to vehicle chargers in multi-unit residential buildings and remote and rural areas.

    • Recommendation 10: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada consider revising the Electricity and Gas Inspection Act, the Weights and Measures Act, and their associated regulations to remove barriers to innovative vehicle charging technologies and to improve transparency for electricity providers and users

    • Recommendation 11: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada identify additional opportunities for collaboration with provinces and territories, industry, and Indigenous peoples to facilitate the interprovincial trade of electricity, with a view to:

      • Reducing overall GHG emissions from the electricity sector; and

      • Ensuring that the electricity sector is prepared to meet the anticipated electricity demand associated with a rising number of ZEVs

    • Recommendation 12: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada seek opportunities, in partnership with industry and the provinces and territories, to better inform consumers and dealers about ZEVs.

    • Recommendation 13: The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada convene a working group bringing together representatives from government, industry and other relevant groups to study how the heavy-duty vehicle sector will transition to a net-zero future.

    2. The federal Conservative party wants more EVs in Canada… and a ZEV mandate

    Last week, the Conservative party of Canada presented its climate plan. During the last year, EMC has met with Conservative representatives to inform them on the environmental and economic benefits of electric mobility for Canadians. It seems that our effort have paid off.

    Conservative party of Canada’s climate plan (PDF)

    Here are some interesting highlights from their plan:

    • Introducing a zero emission vehicle mandate based on British Columbia’s, requiring 30% of light duty vehicles sold to be zero emissions by 2030 ;

    • Working with the Biden administration to strengthen vehicle emission standards in North America;

    • Investing in transmission infrastructure to bring clean energy to where it’s needed and ensure that our electricity grid can support the growth in electric vehicles ;

    • Investing a billion dollars in building out electric vehicle manufacturing in Canada, including investing in battery production, parts manufacturing, micro-mobility solutions and electric trucks;

    • Investing a billion dollars in deploying hydrogen technology including hydrogen vehicles;

    • Working with the U.S. to set a standard for charging and then add mandatory charging stations or wiring required for chargers to the national building code;

    • Working with provinces, territories and municipalities to encourage the inclusion of a minimum number of EV charging spaces for new developments;

    • Requiring that every building where the federal government has employees or offers services to the public and provides parking to have a charging station by 2025; and

    • Supporting improved electric vehicle battery repurposing and recycling in order to lower the environmental impact of these batteries and lower the cost of vehicles on the resale market.

    3. Concept Geebee raises $1 million!

    Concept Geebee Inc, a member of EMC whose electric scooters have been legal in Quebec for nearly three years, announces the closing of its $1 million financing round. With this capital, Concept Geebee Inc. will soon launch several new vehicles, charging stations and fleet management solutions incorporating artificial intelligence technologies.

    Concept Geebee Inc.

    4. Electric Mobility Canada in the English media

  • 1. “Le guide pratique de la voiture électrique… et plus !” is coming!

    After several months of delay due to COVID, “Le guide pratique de la voiture électrique… et plus !” will be available on Earth Day, April 22. Daniel Breton, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, is the main author.

    For now, the book is in French and we would like to translate it for all Canadians to be able to have access to this very important information. This 265 page book is divided into 3 distinct parts:

    1. The ABC’s of Electric Vehicles

    2. Partial and full electric vehicle tests

    3. Section for informed electromobilists: economy, technologies, environment, jobs, etc. For more information or to place an order, please contact Daniel Breton at daniel.breton@emc-mec.ca.

    2. Electric Mobility Canada in the English Media

    In this Globe and Mail article, EMC’s CEO is interviewed by Doug Firby on ways to accelerate electric mobility in Canada.

    Link: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/mobility/article-what-canada-can-learn-from-the-hong-guang-mini-the-dirt-cheap-electric/

    3. Saskatchewan, going against the grain.

    …While the vast majority of states are accelerating support for the electrification of transportation, Saskatchewan, Canada’s #1 province for the increase of its GHG emissions (+71% between 1990 and 2018), has just announced a $150 annual tax for the 403 electric vehicles on its territory. This brings to the forefront the question of the obsolescence of the current road financing model.

    Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-government-to-roll-out-150-tax-for-passenger-electric-vehicles-1.5977554

    4. April 19: EMC’s coverage of Canada’s budget!

    Next week, EMC’s team will be following the federal budget closely and will get back to you quickly with all the relevant information.

    We believe that this may be a very important budget for electric mobility as a part of a resilient recovery plan.

    Stay tuned!

    5. REMINDER: Registration is now open for all of Electric Mobility Canada’s Spring Regional Meetings

    Information and free registration for members and guests is here: https://emc-mec.ca/event/

  • 1. Electric Mobility Canada spring regional meetings:

    This spring, EMC will be “virtually touring” the country to talk to its members.

    The 90 minutes meetings will be focused on:

    • Update on EMC’s work (30 minutes)

    • What can EMC do for your region (30 minutes)

    • Open discussion (30 minutes)

    Registration is now open for each meeting:

    1. Tuesday, April 27 – 7 to 8:30 pm (Central Time) / Prairies regional meeting
      https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlc-6spj8sHd21BdggyocGa-dmqOTOEYyn
    2. Tuesday, May 11 – 7 to 8:30 pm (Pacific Time) / BC regional meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfu-vqz4sGtKOzb-xxWYiAgvIFzVUdZgx
    3. Tuesday, May 25 – 7 to 8:30pm (Eastern Time) / Québec regional meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcudumupz8vGtUV8dN75eomFBiMrcBgkpbz
    4. Tuesday, June 8 – 7 to 8:30pm (Eastern Time) / Ontario regional meeting
      https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdeChqzMsGN22GkAyh6395ZqeSUhCfFnI
    5. Tuesday, June 22 – 7 to 8:30 pm (Atlantic Time) / Atlantic Canada regional meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuc-yqrTkjGNwLT9mcs-9BMRaX2JCZmnxw

    If you are interested to participate, register for the events following the link provided.

    PS: You can bring 1 guest from an organization that is not an EMC member

    2. Electric Mobility Canada’s Annual Conference.

    Before your summer vacations… Hold the date for EMC’s annual conference:

    October 4 to 7 2021 (Details to follow).

  • 1. Last call for our Virtual Workshop on V2H-V2G & Smart Mobility Management !

    Today from 4:30pm to 6pm ET.

    Free registration here: https://www.weezevent.com/v2h-v2g-smart-energy-management-solutions?lg_billetterie=47&id_evenement=697286

    2. $120 billion: The cost of air pollution in Canada

    According to the newly released 2021 report by Health Canada:

    • The total economic cost of all health impacts from air pollution for the year is $120 billion.
    • This air pollution causes 15,300 premature deaths, 8 times more than traffic accident related deaths in Canada.
    • This is equivalent to about 6% of Canada’s real gross domestic product in 2016.
    • It causes 2.7 million days with asthma symptoms and 35 million days with acute respiratory symptoms

    In addition to being a major emitter of GHGs, transportation is also a significant source of air pollution in Canada, accounting for 33% of its Carbon monoxide emissions and 41% of its Nitrogen oxide emissions.

    Accelerating the transition to zero-emission vehicles and renewable energy will help save thousands of lives and billions of dollars for Canadians each year.

    Link to the 2021 Health Canada report on air pollution: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/publications/healthy-living/2021-health-effects-indoor-air-pollution/hia-report-eng.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3b4CfqtMSyPCgGuoSF8Zvt3OcwDynjr0xlWE4W0iWKiJI9r3J-4MSD1Ro

    3. Taïga Motors will build an assembly plant for electric off road vehicles

    Taiga Motors Inc. (“Taiga”), a member of Electric Mobility Canada, is a leading developer of electric off-road vehicles. Last week, they announced plans to build a mass-production assembly facility in the City of Shawinigan, Québec. The first phase of construction, scheduled for completion in 2022, represents an investment to accelerate the mass-production of Taiga electric snowmobiles and personal watercrafts, as well as Taiga’s side-by-side vehicles, which are expected to be ready for production in 2022.

    Congratulations to the young and dynamic team of Taïga!

    Link: https://taigamotors.ca/taiga-motors-inc-to-build-a-new-mass-production-assembly-facility-expected-for-2022/

  • Don’t miss our:

    1. Workshop on V2H-V2G and Smart Mobility Management

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    9 top experts will talk about their impact and potential opportunities for :

    • The automotive sector
    • The consumer market
    • Utilities and infrastructure providers.

    The keynote presentations will be followed by a panel discussion.

    Attendance is limited. Members are encouraged to register today!

    Sponsored by Microsoft Canada and Electric Mobility Canada

    P.S.: This event is free of charge.

    Registration here: https://emc-mec.ca

    2. March 24 – Ontario Budget 2021: Transportation Electrification Highlights

    page 114: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/pdf/2021-ontario-budget-en.pdf

    Leading in Electric Vehicle Development

    Recent proposed investments in Ontario’s auto sector will make the province a global hub for Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing. Electric vehicle technology presents a major opportunity to decrease greenhouse gas emissions. With world‐class tech startups, manufacturing plants and critical mineral resources, Ontario is uniquely positioned to lead the development of next generation electric, connected and autonomous vehicle and mobility technologies.

    Investments in Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Capacity

    Recent proposed investments in Ontario’s auto sector totalling up to $4.3 billion will help the province become a global leader in EV manufacturing. These proposed investments include retooling the Ford Oakville Assembly Complex for battery electric vehicle production, Stellantis (previously Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) assembly of plug‐in hybrid vehicles and battery electric vehicles in Windsor, and General Motors creating Canada’s first large‐scale commercial electric vehicle manufacturing plant at its Ingersoll facility.

    See the Protecting and Creating Jobs in the Automotive Sector section earlier in this chapter for more details.

    Creating the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network

    Ontario is investing $56.4 million over the next four years to create the new Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network. This will help accelerate the development of the next generation electric, connected and autonomous vehicle and mobility technologies that contribute to a lower environmental and carbon footprint.

    See the Protecting and Creating Jobs in the Automotive Sector section earlier in this chapter for more details.

    Developing Ontario’s First-Ever Critical Minerals Strategy

    Ontario is developing its first‐ever critical minerals strategy to help strengthen its position as one of North America’s premier jurisdictions for responsibly sourced critical minerals, including rare earth elements. Rare earth and battery minerals are needed for new technologies and high‐growth sectors, like renewable energy, electronics, electric vehicles and clean tech to support a low‐carbon future.

    See the Advancing Critical Minerals Development in Ontario section earlier in this chapter for more details.

    3- March 25 – Québec Budget 2021: Transportation electrification highlights

    Page D22: (in French) http://www.budget.finances.gouv.qc.ca/budget/2021-2022/fr/documents/PlanBudgetaire_2122.pdf

    Continuing the development of the battery industry

    When it unveiled its Plan for a Green Economy 2030 last November, the government announced its intentions for a green economic recovery based primarily on the launch of a major project to electrify the economy, particularly the transportation sector.

    This plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to a sustainable economic recovery.

    Québec has all the assets to produce the cleanest and most efficient batteries in North America.

    To this end, the government will follow up on the orientations of the Quebec strategy for the development of the battery industry, presented last November by the Minister of the Economy and Innovation, which is based on three areas of intervention:

    • the exploitation and transformation of Quebec’s minerals to manufacture battery components,
    • the development of battery recycling using cutting-edge Quebec technologies,
    • the production of commercial electric vehicles.

    In addition to the amounts available in the Economic Development Fund to support investment projects, the government is providing $15 million to support the implementation of this promising strategy for the Quebec economy. This amount will be used to:

    • the implementation of collaborative solutions for battery assembly and recycling,
    • intensify research and development on new generation battery materials with a view to commercializing the results of this research in Quebec,
    • support for the demonstration stages of the processes for the batteries of tomorrow.

    The details of these measures will be specified by the Minister of the Economy and Innovation.

    Encouraging the development of critical and strategic minerals

    The development phase of the mine development process is a high-cost, high-risk phase for exploration companies.

    For critical and strategic minerals (CSMs), which do not benefit from the knowledge gained over the years as do more traditional minerals, this phase is even riskier.

    • The nature of some CSMs requires more work, study and analysis of extraction, processing and transformation methods to identify the final product that can be marketed.
    • This work, which occurs after the basic exploration period, is necessary in order to make a decision on whether to bring a deposit into production.

    As part of the Quebec Plan for the Development of Critical and Strategic Minerals2020-2025, the government is announcing, in the 2021-2022 budget, the introduction of an allowance for the development of CSMs in the Quebec mining tax system, in favour of exploration companies.

    This allowance will specifically target expenses related to the work required to make a decision on whether or not to bring a CSM deposit into commercial production, expenses that are not covered by the provisions currently in place.

    It will be considered in the calculation of the credit for duties payable for loss (CDRP) provided for in the mining tax system, at a rate of 16%, up to a maximum tax assistance of $5 million per eligible company.

    Its implementation will represent a financial support to the development of CSMs of more than $22 million over the next five years. Approximately ten projects could benefit over this period.

    4. 2nd proposal demand: Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP)

    Natural Resources Canada is now accepting project proposals for funding consideration under the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). This RFP targets projects for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), workplaces and for light-duty vehicle fleets.

    Funded through Budget 2019 and the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the ZEVIP supports the deployment of a network of zero-emission vehicle chargers (Level 2 and higher) and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in more localized areas where Canadians live, work and play. Support will also be available for strategic projects for electric vehicles and/or hydrogen infrastructure for corporate fleets and last-mile delivery fleets.

    The Program expects to launch several RFPs targeting one or more infrastructure categories (multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces, public places, on-street, light-duty vehicle fleets and medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets) each year.

    We invite you to visit our website and complete the online form in order to receive a copy of the Applicant’s Package, which includes the Applicant’s Guide, the Application Form (Word and Excel documents) and the template letters.

    Completed project proposals may be submitted via email or sent to NRCan by courier. All proposals must be received no later than June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time).

    Should you have any questions about the Program, please do not hesitate to contact us at nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca.

    Regards,

    The Fuel Diversification Division
    Natural Resources Canada

  • 1. Virtual workshop on V2H-V2G & Smart Mobility Management

    You are invited to a Virtual workshop (in English) on V2H – V2G & Smart Mobility Management

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 from 4:30 to 6pm ET

    9 top experts will talk about their impact and potential opportunies for:

    • The automotive sector,
    • The consumer market,
    • Utilities and Infrastructure providers.

    Introductory presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring:

    1. Daniel Breton / President and CEO / Electric Mobility Canada (moderator)
    2. Sanjay Ravi / General Manager, Automotive Industry / Microsoft
    3. Abel Zacharie / Product Line Manager for Fleet Solutions / FLO
    4. Karim Zaghib / Strategic Advisor / Investissement Québec
    5. François Lefevre / Senior Manager Corporate Planning & Market Intelligence / Nissan Canada
    6. Alexandre Beaudet / Product Manager Electric Mobility / HILO
    7. Theresa Cooke / Vice President, Business Development and Strategy / Siemens Canada
    8. Jeff Turner / Senior Research Lead on Clean Mobility / Dunsky Energy
    9. François Bédard / Expert on Smart Cities and Mobility / Plan B

    Attendance is limited. Members are encouraged to register today!

    Sponsored by Microsoft Canada & Electric Mobility Canada. Please note that this a free event.

    Link to register: https://www.weezevent.com/v2h-v2g-smart-energy-management-solutions?lg_billetterie=47&id_evenement=697286

    2. Government announcement: Electric Vehicle Battery Plant for Lion Electric

    Yesterday, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Québec Premier François Legault and President and Founder of Lion Electric Marc Bédard unveiled the details of an investment of approximately $185 millions CAD in an electric vehicle battery plant in Québec. Also in attendance were François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Innovation, Science and Industry Minister and Pierre Fitzgibbon, Québec Economy and Innovation Minister. Electric Mobility Canada applauds the leadership of Lion Electric and the governments of Canada and Quebec in this visionary electric vehicle battery plant project. Daniel Breton, President and CEO of EMC, also was at the event.

    EMC is proud to have been able to support Lion Electric, a member of Electric Mobility Canada, in this process.

    As a national organization dedicated to electric mobility across the country, Electric Mobility Canada supports its members and all levels of government in their innovative ideas, projects and programs in the exciting field of transportation electrification.

    Link: https://emc-mec.ca/new/lion-electric-zev-battery-plant-is-one-more-step-supporting-a-canadian-zev-supply-chain/

    3. New Medium and Heavy Duty Electric Vehicle Working Group

    Due to the growing number of EMC members in the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sector, Electric Mobility Canada has created a new Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Working Group that will begin its work on March 18, 2021.

    If you are interested in participating, please email us at info@emc-mec.ca.

    4. A new EV rebate in Prince Edward Island

    EMC wants to congratulate the government of PEI for its recent announcement of an EV rebate for electric vehicles. Last fall, the PEI government also announced funding for the installation of EV chargers and the purchase of electric school buses.

    Link here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/finance/provincial-budget-operating-budget#utm_source=promo&utm_medium=url&utm_campaign=budget

    5. Hyundai Canada moves to recycle EV batteries in deal with Lithion Recycling

    Last week, Hyundai Canada announced an agreement with Lithion Recycling on the recovery and recycling of high-voltage batteries from some of its Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric vehicles, with the ultimate goal of increasing the sustainability of its electric vehicle production cycle.

    Link to the article from Electric Autonomy: https://electricautonomy.ca/2021/03/12/hyundai-lithion-ev-battery-recycling/

    6. EMC in the English media

    Last week, EMC was interviewed in an Automotive News article titled Without places to plug in, ambition for Eus will stall.

    Link: https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/canada_202103/index.php?CSAuthResp=1615802655606%3A0%3A1082731%3A94685%3A24%3Asuccess%3A0E4D51EA91438D9CA07BA34833065F50&CSAuthToken=1082731%7C1615802955606%7C02A9797811AA772BB6A70E5E5B70D1E9#/p/10

  • 1. Tribute to women involved in electric mobility

    On this International Women’s Day, we want to pay tribute to these women who have worked and/or are still working to ensure that Canada accelerates its transition towards electric mobility as engineers, researchers, directors, coordinators, environmentalists, communicators, presidents, etc. Their unwavering commitment deserves to be recognized. As one of the world’s pioneering associations dedicated to electric mobility in all its forms, Electric Mobility Canada is privileged to be able to collaborate with these leaders, whether on our Board of Directors or our various committees or even as external collaborators. In particular, we would like to highlight the contribution of Chantal Guimont, who was the first woman CEO of Electric Mobility Canada and Catherine Kargas who was the first woman Chair of the Board of Directors and second woman CEO of Electric Mobility Canada.

    2. Great news for electric transit buses and school buses!

    Electric Mobility Canada congratulates the Government of Canada for this bold commitment to the electrification of public transit that will create many jobs across the country.

    Thanks to EMC’s effort to accelerate the transition towards electric buses and school buses, last week, the federal government announced a plan to move Canada’s public transit fleets from diesel to electric buses with a dedicated $2.7-billion fund. The federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna said the money is in addition to the $1.5-billion funding for electric buses that was announced earlier this year by the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

    We at EMC are proud to say that this is in line with what we recommended to the federal government.

    More: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2021/03/government-of-canada-investing-to-electrify-transit-systems-across-the-country.html

    3. Electric Mobility Canada’s recommendations for the 2021 federal budget: Updated proposals

    After the major contribution of our Government Committee members, here are our new updated recommendations for the 2021 federal budget that include new ideas, segments and programs:

    All the details here: https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/Feb-19-2021-Pre-budget-recommendations-from-EMC.pdf

    1. Develop a Canadian electric mobility strategy to achieve Canada’s climate and electrification targets
    2. Support the development of a Canadian ZEV supply chain industry
    3. Support Canada’s zero emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing industry and dealerships by incentivizing consumer and fleet purchases of electric vehicles (EVs) in all vehicle classes
    4. Incentivize all Canadians to buy an electric vehicle with a used EV incentive
    5. Commit to Canada’s ZEV targets with regulatory supply measures
    6. Set and fund higher one and five-year targets for EV charging station deployment
    7. Include EV charging or EV-readiness as part of energy efficiency programs
    8. Significantly increase electrification of government and Crown corporation fleets
    9. Support electrification of government and Crown corporation fleets by providing charging infrastructure and EV- ready requirements
    10. Pre-order or bulk buy heavy-duty electric transit and school buses
    11. Expand funding for ZEV education and training programs
    12. Support the electrified transportation sector by investing in EMC’s mission
    13. Provide four-year federal guarantee for ZEV loans via the Canada Infrastructure Bank
    14. Include EV-ready requirements into the Model National Building and Energy Code for Buildings
    15. Accelerate timelines for Measurement Canada to approve and certify charging equipment to enable energy-based pricing for charging services
    16. Support the development of a local, sustainable, circular and safe lithium-ion battery recycling industry
    17. Champion Canada’s mining advantage by supporting electrification at mining locations across the country and promoting sustainable mining
  • 1. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:30 to 6 pm ET: Workshop on V2H-V2G, Smart Energy management & solutions

    With the participation of Microsoft, AddÉnergie-FLO, Siemens, HILO, Dunsky Consultants, etc.

    More registration details will follow.

    2. Nova Scotia government offers a rebate for new and used EVS + e-bikes

    https://ca.news.yahoo.com/nova-scotia-offer-19-million-151331003.html

    3. Public Procurement of Electric Vehicles, Recharging Infrastructures and Related Products/Services in Canada: An Analysis Under the Rules of International Trade.

    This document written for EMC explains how public buyers can encourage the purchase of EVs and EV infrastructure through environmental guidelines instead of sticking solely to the lowest bidder rule.

    Free Trade And Green Procurement Report Feb 11, 2021


  • 1. Electric Mobility Canada in the english media

    The road to reduced emissions: Last week, Daniel Breton, the President and CEO of EMC was invited to participate to a panel with Stephen Beatty, VP and corporate secretary for Toyota Canada; Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Canada & Doron Myersdorf, CEO of Israeli start-up StoreDot, which claims to have perfected the five-minute battery; We suggest you watch the show instead of just reading the article and note that Mr. Beatty’s claims on the Dunsky report were misguided since contrarily to what he said, the EV inventory data was collected in Dec 2018, Nov 2019 and March 2020, so although inventory may have lower in Nov 2019 because of the federal rebate, it did not change anything for the 2018 and 2020 inventory data.

    Link here: https://driving.ca/toyota/features/feature-story/motor-mouth-the-road-to-reduced-emissions

    2. Taïga Motors is going public

    Taïga Motors, a new member of EMC, is a young Canadian company dedicated to electrify the power-sports industry by building all-electric vehicles such as snowmobiles and water crafts. It is going public through a SPAC deal, and is raising $100 million in the process. They are also starting to take pre-orders. Paul Achard, Gabriel Bernatchez, and Samuel Bruneau, the founders of this company worked on electric powertrains during their engineering studies at McGill university.

    Link: https://electrek.co/2021/02/17/electric-snowmobile-jetski-cggz-taiga-goes-public-raises-100-million/

    3. Federal Standing committee on finance: Electric Mobility Canada’s efforts are paying off

    Last week, the federal Standing Committee on Finance released its report and recommendations in advance of the 2021 federal budget.

    We are proud to say that EMC’s footprint is undeniable since many of the committee’s recommendations are clearly inspired by our own.

    As a result of our work with elected officials, the support of participants from the 4 major parties represented in the House of Commons for the electrification of transportation is clear.

    Here are the committee’s recommendations directly or indirectly related to transportation electrification

    Link here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/432/FINA/Reports/RP11058298/finarp01/finarp01-e.pdf

    • Recommendations from 2 to 76 are taken from the 2020 budget recommendations. Since there was no budget in 2020 budget due to the pandemic, they have been renewed.
    • Recommendations from 110 to 145 are new recommendations for 2021

    Recommendation 2

    Adopt a transparent environmental framework with legislated five-year GHG reductions targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and publish the government’s ongoing progress in mitigating the impacts of climate change.

    Recommendation 3

    Develop and implement a fully funded strategy to transition to a low-carbon economy, which would limit some of the most devastating impacts of climate change for our generation and those to come while putting justice for Indigenous people, workers and the least fortunate at the heart of the transition to a green economy.

    Recommendation 4

    Expand the network of rapid charging stations for electric vehicles.

    Recommendation 5

    Examine ways to encourage more Canadians to transition to zero-emission vehicles and manufacturers to produce and sell a greater number of such vehicles.

    Recommendation 6

    Create a rebate for used electric vehicles.

    Recommendation 53

    Introduce a dedicated fund to assist municipalities that wish to electrify their transit fleets in partnership with the federal government. Investments would be focussed on buses and the required infrastructure needed to keep them operational. Because of the difficulties inherent in switching en masse from a diesel system, a pilot project model offers the best path forward from a technical and financial perspective.

    Recommendation 64

    Examine the use of flow through shares to raise market capital for green tech companies/start-ups and beyond the green tech sector.

    Recommendation 74

    Create a rare-earth minerals strategy.

    Recommendation 110

    Develop industrial strategies to expand critical domestic manufacturing capacity and supply chain infrastructure for Canadian manufacturing, auto, aerospace, shipbuilding, pharmaceuticals and PPE production.

    Recommendation 111

    Develop comprehensive industrial strategies and make investments designed both to strengthen core infrastructure that supports business incubation activities and the expansion of critical domestic manufacturing capacity, as well as to ensure an adequate quality and quantity of supply chain infrastructure. In developing these strategies and making these investments, the Government’s focus should include: auto, rail, clean water, aerospace, shipbuilding, construction materials, pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment, as well as such service and creative sectors as telecommunications and media. Finally, while taking these actions, the Government should accelerate the delivery of funding to core projects that it approved for support prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Recommendation 136

    Continue to make the investments necessary to support other levels of government and industry to grow demand for clean electricity by: expanding electrification of public transit and light-duty vehicles; planning for transmission grid expansion to displace coal and diesel; and demonstrating innovative green hydrogen production and utilization projects.

    Recommendation 139

    Implement the Clean Fuel Standard.

    Recommendation 141

    Provide targeted incentives for the research and development of heavy and commercial electric vehicles, including the development of electric ambulances.

    Recommendation 142

    Provide incentives toward the purchase of new and used zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) for individuals and corporations, such as through a four-year federal guarantee for ZEV purchase related loans.

    Recommendation 143

    Significantly increase the electrification of federal government and Crown vehicle fleets.

    Recommendation 144

    Support ZEV growth in Canada – to reach 100% ZEV sales by 2040 – through a national ZEV standard and a National Auto Strategy that include:

    • building charging infrastructure and setting higher 1 and 5-year targets for electric vehicles charging station deployment;
    • establishing targeted industry support programs;
    • expanding funding for ZEV training programs;
    • committing to Canada’s ZEV targets with regulatory measures;
    • developing a national strategy on low-carbon commercial transport in urban areas.

    Recommendation 145

    Aim to incentivize the purchasing of ZEVs by increasing the base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) cut-off for the iZEV program for eligible light-duty vehicles pickup trucks and SUVs/minivans from the current $45,000 (with a $54,999 ceiling for higher priced trims) to $60,000 with a $69,999 ceiling to support the arrival of electric pickup trucks and SUVs, which will have a higher MSRP than smaller light-duty vehicles (sedan threshold to remain at current levels). This will help increase regional equity and access for persons who require these larger vehicles for their work and/or local context.

    EV on an ice road on a Canadian river

  • 1. Electric Mobility Canada in the Media. Electric Vehicles: Declining sales in Canada in 2020, but why? (in French)

    Why is it that while many countries saw EV sales go up in 2020, Canada saw its sales go down?

    https://www.guideautoweb.com/articles/58640/vehicules-electriques-des-ventes-en-baisse-en-2020-mais-pourquoi/

    2. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9 am PT / Clean Energy Canada Webinar: Fixing Canada’s car conandrum

    The webinar will feature Bloomberg New Energy Finance Head of Advanced Transport Colin McKerracher, Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association President Flavio Volpe, and Unifor President Jerry Dias.

    https://cleanenergycanada.org/webinar-fixing-canadas-car-conundrum/

    3. Gasoline is becoming worthless

    New research from Morgan Stanley argues that traditional internal combustion engines—the mainstay of automobiles for more than a century—are destined to become money-losers as early as 2030. “We believe the market may be ascribing zero (or even negative?) value for ICE-derived revenues at GM and Ford,” auto analyst Adam Jonas wrote in a Jan. 29 analysis. He lists a variety of factors likely to “transform what were once profit-generating assets into potentially loss-making and cash-burning businesses.”

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gasoline-is-becoming-worthless-210636353.html

    4. Best reasons for Electric Mobility Canada’s to Support the Electrification of Transportation in Canada: Reason #4

    GHG emissions from the transport sector may soon become Canada’s #1 source of GHG emissions… ahead of the oil & gas sector.

    In 2018 according to Environment Canada*:

    • The oil & gas sector was Canada’s largest source of GHG emissions with 26% of total emissions;
    • The transportation sector was Canada’s second largest source of GHG emissions with 25% of total emissions;

    However, between 2017 and 2018, GHG emissions from the transport sector grew 50% faster than GHG emissions from the oil & gas sector. At this rate, it is reasonable to expect that GHG emissions from the transportation sector will soon become the #1 source of GHG emissions in Canada. (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).

    https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/EMC-The-case-for-the-EV-industry-and-a-ZEV-standard-DEC-6-2020.pdf

    5. Feb 11, 2021 2 pm ET : Canada-U.S. Infrastructure Exchange, The Road to Transit Electrification, Webinar

    https://infrastructurelab.com/event/canada-u-s-infrastructure-exchange-the-road-to-transit-electrification/

  • 1. New supplemental mandate letters were issued Jan 15 2021 to the federal ministers that are of interest to our industry

    The previous mandate letters still stand, but the PM adds new responsabilities to the following ministers that include clean job creation & training, the fight against climate change, clean transport / clean transit, EV Infrastructure, making EVs more affordable, pricing pollution, retrofitting buildings & innovation support. You will find good news in there. All the links to the mandate letters from the pertinent departments are below:

    2. Best Reasons for EMC to accelerate Electric Mobility: Reason #3

    According to Health Canada, air pollution causes 14,600 premature deaths per year in Canada, 7.5 times more deaths than traffic accidents. Electric light and heavy-duty vehicles contribute to a significant reduction in air pollutant emissions due to the absence of exhaust pipes… and the fact that mechanical brakes are much less used. (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).

    https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/EMC-The-case-for-the-EV-industry-and-a-ZEV-standard-DEC-6-2020.pdf

    Daniel Breton on an electric snowmobile from Taïga Motors / Daniel Breton sur une motoneige électrique de Moteurs Taïga

    Daniel Breton on an electric snowmobile from Taïga Motors

    3. Tundra buggy to go electric

    An iconic Churchill Tundra Buggy will undergo an eco-friendly makeover. Frontiers North Adventures will be given $149,000 to convert the buggy to electric power from diesel. The Manitoba government announced last week it would give eight groups a total of $600,000 in new grants under the conservation and climate fund. “This first EV Tundra Buggy will help to reduce our carbon footprint while relying on 100 per cent renewable energy generated right here in Manitoba. I can’t wait to deliver guests a silent touring experience among Manitoba’s wild polar bears and under our amazing northern lights,” said John Gunter, president and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures, which owns and operates Tundra Buggy vehicles for polar bear tours.

    https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/tundra-buggy-to-go-electric-573669652.html

    4. General Motors, the Largest U.S. Automaker, Plans to be Carbon Neutral by 2040

    GM plans to be carbon neutral by 2040 in its global products and operations.

    GM aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

    GM has committed to the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C.

    https://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2021/Jan/0128-carbon.html

  • 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

    https://www.electrive.com/2021/01/11/huge-order-for-lion-electric-trucks-from-amazon/

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

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/gm-canada-announces-tentative-deal-for-1-billion-electric-vehicle-plant-in-ontario-1.5269550

    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):

    https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/EMC-The-case-for-the-EV-industry-and-a-ZEV-standard-DEC-6-2020.pdf

  • 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 :
    https://emc-mec.ca/new/electric-mobility-canada-welcomes-the-hydrogen-strategy-for-canada-as-a-positive-and-complementary-step-in-the-right-direction-toward-green-electric-transportation/

    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:

    https://emc-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/EMC-The-case-for-the-EV-industry-and-a-ZEV-standard-DEC-6-2020.pdf

    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”

    https://cleanenergycanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Report_Taking_the_Wheel_December2020.pdf

    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

    https://www.auto-innov.com/Flipbooks/AIM-December2020/#page/5

  • 1. Good news for EVs and EV Infrastructure

    Hi,

    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.

    https://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2020/report-rapport/toc-tdm-en.html

    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.

    http://www.ajac.ca/ecomonth.asp

  •  

    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

    https://emc-mec.ca/activities/from-our-members/#taiga

  • 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.”
      Webinar
    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.