Quebec animal safari park adopts electric trucks this summer
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by Mehanaz Yakub
1h ago
Parc Safari’s new electric trucks reduce noise and eliminate emissions, benefiting animals and visitors There are no roaring engines to disturb the animals at Parc Safari this summer, thanks to the adoption of nine electric bush trucks. Located in Hemmingford, Que., the outdoor zoo has eliminated combustion cars from driving through its Safari Adventure — a four-kilometre animal observation circuit that allows visitors to get up close to around 300 species. “We have dramatically changed what the guest experience is by moving to electric bush trucks,” says Jean-Pierre Ranger, the owner of Parc ..read more
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Halifax firm playing key role in transatlantic vessel-to-grid pilot project
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by Mehanaz Yakub
1h ago
Nova Scotia software maker BlueGrid and UK marine charging leader Aqua superPower are heading up a consortium showcasing the ability of electric marine vessels to both receive and supply energy to the grid BlueGrid, a Halifax-based marine vehicle-to-grid (V2G) software provider, has formed a consortium with UK-based Aqua superPower, which is developing a global marine charging network, to spearhead a new transatlantic vessel-to-grid project. This CanUK Vessel-to-Grid Project will involve deploying bi-directional chargers and two electric vessels in both Halifax and Plymouth, UK, to demonstrate ..read more
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Ford scraps plans for $1.8-billion Oakville EV assembly plant, will retool to make gasoline pickups
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by Mehanaz Yakub
4d ago
New plan comes after Ford postponed EV plant launch to 2027; those EVs will now be made elsewhere, while Oakville may get an electric pickup later in the decade Ford Motor Co. announced today it is pivoting away from its initial production plans to build electric vehicles at its Oakville Assembly plant in Ontario. Instead, the automaker will refocus the plant to produce gasoline-powered versions of its flagship F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks by 2026. Ford had planned to invest $1.8 billion to transform the Oakville facility into a leading hub that would manufacture three-row electric SUVs ..read more
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Quebec introduces draft regulation to ban ICE vehicle sales, including plug-in hybrids, in 2035
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by Brian Banks
5d ago
By including PHEVs, the proposed regulation, which is open for public consultation until Aug. 25, would be the strictest 2035 ICE sales ban in Canada The Quebec government unveiled a draft regulation in the Gazette Officielle du Québec last week that spells out the conditions of its policy to prohibit the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles starting in 2035. Quebec first announced its intention to ban new ICE vehicle sales by 2035 in 2020. However, only now is it bringing forward the actual regulation that, when enacted, will be the basis of the law. Perhaps the most striking asp ..read more
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B.C. flight school Sealand Flight becomes an unlikely pacesetter in Canadian electric aviation
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by Mehanaz Yakub
5d ago
Sealand’s first commercial training flight using an all-electric plane took off in June, after getting the green light from Transport Canada  Electric aviation is taking flight in Canada. Sealand Flight, a flight training school based on Vancouver Island, received clearance from Transport Canada earlier this year to allow licensed pilots to fly a Pipistrel Velis Electro, a two-seat electric plane. The Pipistrel Velis Electro is designed for flight training. It’s also the first certified electric airplane in the world under European standards. The electric plane hasn’t yet received full ce ..read more
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Summer road trip route planning for EVs made easy
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by Mehanaz Yakub
1w ago
A new EV road trip planning feature in FLO’s EV charging app lets drivers customize their journey, optimize routes and find charging stops at more than 30 networks Planning a road trip this summer with your electric vehicle? There’s an app for that. As the summer road trip rush gets into high gear, FLO EV Charging is offering a new trip-planning feature in its app. The new tool allow EV drivers to program in their desired routes that are then matched to convenient charging stops along the way. Drivers can select their specific EV make and model, set precise charge levels for both departure and ..read more
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FortisBC to change to energy-based rate at charging stations
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by Emma Jarratt
1w ago
The B.C. Utilities Commission is green lighting the EV charger rate change for FortisBC, effective August 1 Electric vehicle drivers in British Columbia will soon notice a change at some charging stations in the province. FortisBC now has approval from the B.C. Utilities Commission to bill customers based on energy consumption rather than time spent plugged in. The rate change comes into effect at all FortisBC charging stations August 1. “Using energy-based rates ensures that all drivers pay the same rate for the electricity they use regardless of charging speed,” said George Thompson, EV ..read more
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Feds kick in $76 million for 180 York Region Transit electric buses
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by Mehanaz Yakub
1w ago
The investment, now totalling $389 million, will enable York Region to purchase zero-emission buses and install depot and on-route charging infrastructure The federal government is investing $76 million into a York Region Transit plan to electrify its bus fleet, bringing the total project budget to $389 million. York Region Transit will purchase 180 zero-emission transit buses, charging infrastructure and updating its facilities through combined financial support from the federal government, Canada Infrastructure Bank and the region. Once in service, the 180 buses will reduce emissions by abou ..read more
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Calgary researchers find Level 1 charging meets over 80 per cent of EV drivers’ needs
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by Mehanaz Yakub
1w ago
Nearly a third of EV drivers can fulfill their charging needs using just Level 1 home charging and another 53 per cent by supplementing with “occasional” fast charger use A new University of Calgary study finds plugging into a standard 120-volt Level 1 charger meets the daily charging needs of 29 per cent of electric vehicle drivers. The study, published last month, analyzed real-world driving and charging data from 129 battery electric vehicles in Calgary over a 13-month period, from December 2021 to December 2022. The data was supplied by ENMAX through a pilot project the utility ran. “There ..read more
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Squamish First Nation to get Lime electric bikes this summer
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by Mehanaz Yakub
2w ago
The shared micro-mobility provider is deploying 50 e-bikes to the Squamish Nation, with the possibility of more in the future This summer, the Squamish Nation received a fleet of electric Lime bikes. It’s new partnership between the First Nations community and shared micromobility provider to offer a safer, cleaner and more affordable way to travel. The Squamish Nation (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) is located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. “It will be 50 e-bikes to start and we can try and scale up if we need, with the bikes staying out through winter, weather permitting,” says a ..read more
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