Umicore invests $1.2 in battery materials plant in Ontario
The Belgian materials technology and recycling group Umicore is investing C$1.5 billion ($1.2 billion) to build its first factory in North America for the mass production of cathode and precursor materials for electric vehicle batteries. This is to be built in the community of Loyalist in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Stellantis to invest billions in Canadian factories
Stellantis has announced a $3.6 billion Canadian investment to convert its Windsor and Brampton assembly plants in the Canadian province of Ontario to manufacture electric vehicles and to expand its Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Windsor.
GM prepares for electric van production in Canada
General Motors will start producing electric vans at its plant in Ingersoll, Canada, later this year. Construction of the BrightDrop electric van is scheduled to begin there at the end of December. Light pickup production and a third shift will be introduced at the Oshawa assembly plant.
Stellantis & LG ES to build battery factory in Canada
Stellantis and LG Energy Solution have unveiled plans to build a large electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Canada. A joint venture is to be set up to produce battery cells and modules at the new factory in Windsor in the Canadian province of Ontario.
Vicinity Motor signs on Paradigm as sales partner
The Canadian commercial vehicle manufacturer Vicinity Motor has signed a sales and marketing agreement with Ontario-based auto sales, leasing & upfitting firm Paradigm with an initial CAD$12.0 million order for 100 VMC 1200 Class 3 electric trucks.
Two electric ferries en route to Lake Ontario
Two electric road ferries are now on their way from Damen Shipyards Galati to Lake Ontario, Canada, two years after Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation had placed the order. The Amherst Islander II and Wolfe Islander IV, 68 and 98 metres in length, respectively, represent a new generation of zero-emission large ferries.
GM accelerates Ontario plant conversion for electric transporters
General Motors is accelerating the schedule for the plant conversion and production of the BrightDrop EV600 light-duty electric utility vehicle at Ingersoll in the Canadian province of Ontario. In order for GM to meet the demand for the electric van, the internal combustion engine built at Ingersoll is to be phased out earlier.
FCA plans to build EVs in Canada starting in 2025
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will invest around 1.5 billion Canadian dollars in its plant in Windsor in the Canadian province of Ontario and will also produce electric cars and plug-in hybrids there from 2025. A few weeks ago, the Unifor union had negotiated a very similar deal with Ford.
Ford will make EVs in Canada from 2024 onwards
US carmaker Ford has just announced investments of 1.8 billion Canadian dollars in its plant in Oakville (Ontario) and Windsor’s two assembly plants. The investment will enable the Oakville plant to convert to electric car production by 2024.
160 new fast-chargers for Ontario, Canada
The Canadian government is providing a further eight million dollars to set up 160 new fast chargers at 73 locations in the province of Ontario. The charging stations will be operated under the name Ivy Charging Network.
GM takes hard steps towards electrification in USA
General Motors has announced a comprehensive restructuring plan to save six billion dollars annually by the end of 2020. This will free up funds to invest in the development and production of electric cars and autonomous vehicles, but also means closing down large U.S. factories.
Tesla feels discriminated against by Ontario
The new conservative Ontario government cancelled the previous administrations EV subsidies for drivers in July. Unlike other car manufacturers, apparently this was only effective immediately for Tesla. The Californians are now taking legal action against this.
European HPC, Renault, StratosFuel, Singapore, Ontario.
OEMs join forces to build fast charging net: Almost one year after their first declaration, BMW, Daimler, Ford and Porsche (representing the VW Group) finally created a JV to build a CCS ultra fast-charging network together. The Munich-based European High Power Charging GmbH & Co. KG shall fund 350 kW charging stations along the Autobahn and other European key routes. In an initial step, the JV seeks to erect 400 locations. However, the long-term objective are “thousands” of ultra fast-charging stations across Europe. The project might still start before the year’s end.
automobilwoche.de, manager-magazin.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de (in German)
Renault acquires shares in Jedlix: The French carmaker and Eneco subsidiary Jedlix are cooperation partners since September 2015. Now, Renault went a step further and acquired a 25% share in Jedlix. Both companies want to launch new EV offers, based on Jedlix’ expertise in smart charging and Renault’s knowledge of EV technology.
H2 car sharing for California: StratosFuel is about to kick off a car sharing service with fuel cell vehicles in California. The company plans to start with 15 hydrogen-powered cars and to expand its fleet as well as its service area later on. In order to launch its service, StratosFuel benefits from state subsidy.
50 hybrid buses for Singapore: In the second half of 2018, Singapore’s roads will see a total of 50 new hybrid buses supplied by Volvo. The order is worth 30m dollars, future operator is the Land Transport Authority (LTA). But that’s not all: The LTA is about to call another tender for additional 60 hybrid buses due to go in operation in 2019.
Kingston to erect charging network: The City of Kingston in the Canadian province Ontario will benefit from 29 additional EV charging stations. The city’s council agreed to invest almost 800,000 dollars. Currently, Kingston just offers eight charging stations that are independently owned.
Rosatom, Ontario, Johnson Matthey, MTEE.
From nuclear to lithium: Russian nuclear giant Rosatom, rushes to join the lithium run and targets 30 percent non-nuclear sales by 2030. The state-owned corporation builds on the electric car boom and plans to mine and trade the metal and supply complete power packs as well. Rosatom is already looking into reviving lithium mines in Siberia and also got its eyes on South America to buy its way in. A trading company is open for business in Swiss Zug and Rosatom stated an interest in working with carmakers as well. The move comes as sales of uranium, Rosatom’s core business, are in rapid decline.
Concepts for fuel cell trains wanted: Ontario is seeking design concepts for hydrogen-powered trains as an alternative to overhead wires. The province wants to electrify its GO rail network to change how people move around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). A feasibility study called HyRail is currently running and train design will become a decisive part of it.
E-mobility is Johnson Matthey’s next bet on big business and so it will invest 200m pounds next year to include battery materials in its portfolio. The British specialty chemicals company explains its move with the growth it expects in the electric automotive industry.
Novel Range Extender: Mitsubishi subsidiary MTEE presents the Range+ a generator for charging while driving. The range extender uses a gas turbine to drive a generator that charges the battery.
Scotland, Spain, Movistar, Ontario, BMW.
Hybrid bus fleet in Scotland: Dundee and Angus now count seven more hybrid double deckers to carry its populace around the Kirriemuir, Forfar and Brechin. They join Stagecoach’s other 18 hybrid coaches. To the cost of 2.1m pounds, the Scottish Green Bus Fund has contributed 300,000 GBP.
BMWs motorcycle section is busy as well and has now electrified the police force in Gijón, Spain. Ten members of the “policía” now ride the C Evolution electric scooters when on patrol.
prestigeelectriccar.com, bmwgroup.com (both in Spanish)
More electric news reached us from Spain where Telefonica has reached a deal with Peugeot and Alphabet to add ten EVs to the Movistar Spain Operations and Network fleet. Starting this April, six electric Peugeot Partner Tepee vans will be deployed in Madrid and four in Barcelona.
Bank and charge: Scotiabank said it will install over 30 EV charging stations at select branches across Ontario. They complement the bank’s EcoLiving Auto Loan Program, which provides preferential financing for electric, hybrid and clean diesel vehicles. The latter term may need an update.
BMW is to electrify America as it teams up with the National Park Foundation and its services as well as the DoE to erect up to 100 EV charging stations at the nature reserves. The first stations have been inaugurated at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey.
Poland, Austria, Salt Lake City, Ontario, New Zealand.
Poland to move from oil to EV: Polish oil giant PKN Orlen intends to add EV quick-charging infrastructure to its network of petrol stations. The task is to connect Warsaw to the western city of Poznań and further on towards the German border. Details such as the number of charging stations or a schedule have not been revealed. Poland’s government aims for 1m electric cars by 2025 but so far the country’s EV marketshare stands at 0.1 percent.
thenews.pl, rp.pl (in Polish)
Fourth H2 station in Austria: A new hydrogen filling station has joined the already existing sites in Innsbruck, Asten (close to Linz) and Vienna. The fourth station in the Alpine republic has been added by local energy company OMV, that chose Graz to open the new H2 site.
Salt Lake City provides 28 new charging ports located at twelve sites throughout the city. In the eyes of the municipal leaders, the project represents a significant expansion of the Utah’s public EV charging infrastructure. Fees for charging may be waived through January 31, 2018.
Ontario project on hold: Last Friday, 475 EV charging stations in 250 locations across Ontario were to open. But the plan failed as only 2/3 of the network were ready that day. The government pointed to problems with permits and technology but hopes to have the missing stations running by autumn.
New Zealand expands network: Kiwi fuel distributor Z Energy and EV charging infrastructure provider ChargeNet NZ together want to install three more rapid-charging stations before April’s end. The new sites will complement six more rapid chargers Z Energy has already installed for public use.