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Draft federal plan for clean fuel credit system omits 80 per cent of EV charging
The exclusion in the Clean Fuel Standard means only “network charging” and relatively cleaner liquid fuel services will benefit from credits, missing an opportunity for rebates to invest in EV education and charging infrastructure, critics claim
First Drive: 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime
The only thing wrong with Toyota’s new plug-in RAV4 Prime is that, well, you can’t buy one. At least, not if you’re in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, or the Maritimes. Wave all the cash around you want. Call your “friend” at the Toyota dealership. Hell, call the president of Toyota. You ain’t getting a RAV4 Prime this year, and maybe not next year, either.
Kia to introduce 800-volt battery system, goosing charging speeds
Charging time is the Achilles’ heel of EVs. Much faster refueling could be enabled by boosting the voltage of an EV’s battery system from the 400 volts used by most current models.
MEVS and QEVS postponed to next year
The event which was originally scheduled to take place from April 24 to 26, 2020 had to be postponed to June 13, 14 and 15, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the decision of the city of Montreal to cancel all public events until July 2 requires us to postpone the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show next year, on April 23, 24 and 25, 2021 at the Olympic Stadium.
As overall Chevrolet sales fall, Bolt EV sales are up 36 percent
Tesla isn’t the only automaker that sold a surprising number of EVs in the first quarter. Chevrolet sold 5,873 Bolt EVs in Q1 2020, an increase of 36.1% compared to a year ago. The Bolt may just be the second most popular EV in the US at the moment, behind only the Tesla Model 3 (it’s hard to say for sure, as Tesla doesn’t break out sales figures by models or markets).