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Repentigny debuts the first all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E police car in Quebec

Autopatrouille électrique de Repentigny

The City of Repentigny showed off what they claim to be the first all-electric patrol car in Quebec capable of responding to emergency calls, a Ford Mustang Mach-E.

In February, the City of Repentigny announced that it would retrofit a Ford Mustang Mach-E to create their municipality’s first EV patrol car.

The EV patrol car was introduced at annual meetings of the Union of Municipalities of Quebec (UMQ) on May 13. Before it starts patrolling the Montreal suburb, the Mach-E will be on a bit of tour, being displayed this weekend at the Quebec City Electric Vehicle Show, then the New York City Fleet Show, May 25-26. It will then be introduced at a gathering of Quebec police forces.

The Mach-E will be put into service on June 6 in the streets of Repentigny and Charlemagne. This test phase, which will extend for six months, will test the Mach-E in a real policing environment.


Throttle House reviews the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5

The 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 is the beginning of the new EV series from Hyundai.

Thomas and James review the AWD long range model which has been specced with the ultimate package, about CDN$59,900 (~USD$54,900). That means it gets lots of goodies such as the vision sunroof, dual motors, and the augmented reality heads up display.

James reveals he is in the market for an EV to replace his Audi S4, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 might just be a the one.

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are the most expensive vehicles to insure in U.S.A.

Tesla Model 3 and Model Y

The Detroit Bureau »

The Model 3, which starts in the low $40K range, costs an average of $2,830 a year for full coverage. The Model Y isn’t far behind at $2,658. “Insurance for the Model 3 and other Tesla vehicles is so expensive because as a luxury car, Teslas are more expensive to repair and are a more enticing target for thieves,” the website noted.

Vehicles with powerful engines are typically more expensive to insure as they “more likely to be in damaging high-speed crashes than most other types of vehicles.” The cost to repair a vehicle also plays into how much an owner is charged for insurance.

Porsche Mission R: The all-electric future of racing?

Porsche Mission R

Dan Neil / Wall Street Journal »

At the appointed time—last month, at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles—I was belted into the brutishly beautiful Mission R, in garnet-and-ivory livery. The team’s instructions were simple: Follow the pro driver in the car ahead for five laps and “if anything goes wrong, don’t touch anything,” said Matthias Scholz, director of GT race cars and lead toymaker. “Don’t try to fix it.” Like I’m getting out to spray ether into the carburetor.

Caution was warranted. With its roughly 3,300 pounds balanced against a combined peak output of 671 hp (1,073-hp in “Qualifying” mode), the Mission R has roughly the same power-to-weight ratio and lap-time performance as Porsche’s flagship turnkey racer, the 911 GT3 Cup car. Other nominals include 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph and over 2 g of lateral acceleration.

And bear in mind, Porsche made no obvious effort to make this example light. I feel like I could get 300 kg out of it with a flashlight and torx set.

VW invests $20 Million to prepare US outlets for EV sales

Larry P. Vellequette / Automotive News 🔒»

Volkswagen of America said Thursday that it had committed $20 million to ongoing efforts to prepare its U.S. retail network to sell battery-electric vehicles, including underwriting upgrades at franchised dealerships for charging infrastructure and fixed ops.

U.S. dealers began selling the VW ID4 compact crossover in March. The automaker will begin local production in early 2022 at its assembly complex in Chattanooga.

VW said that its subsidy program, which is scheduled to continue through June, has resulted so far in dealers adding 23,490 kilowatts of charging capacity and training more than 1,260 service technicians across the country. More than 99 percent of VW dealers in the U.S. signed up for improvements needed to sell EVs.

Toyota continues to focus on gas burning vehicles for Latin America, blaming a lack of government guidelines for slow EV adoption

Toyota is forecasting only 2.5% of its anticipated 6 million vehicle sales in Latin America in 2030 to be battery electric vehicles (BEV).

Every day, it is harder to deny electric vehicles are the next great advance in transportation. Not because governments mandate them., but because they are better than what we drive today. Yet, Toyota continues to work against this, and endangering our health and lives by encouraging their customers to create more climate changing pollution.

Bloomberg »

Toyota Motor Corp. may be splashing out around $35 billion globally on its battery-electric-car push but in Latin America, electric vehicles will only comprise about 5% of the region’s total market by 2030, the Japanese automaker’s president and chief executive officer for Latin America and the Caribbean said.

Masahiro Inoue blames a lack of government guidelines is part of the reason for the slow EV adoption.

It’s important Brazil take the lead, considering it’s “one of the rare countries that has a complete automobile industry,” Inoue said in an interview with Bloomberg News. “In the southern hemisphere only Brazil has this situation,” he added. Neighboring nations could follow what Brazil decides, whether that’s embracing a hybrid, flex-hybrid or a purely electric strategy.

Inoue sees around 6 million cars being sold in Latin America and the Caribbean, excluding Mexico, in 2030, with about half of those going to Brazil. While that represents growth of 40% compared to 2021 levels, just 5% of those cars are expected to be EVs. Around 10% may be plug-in hybrids while almost 40% will be so-called flexible-hybrid cars, or ones that have an electric engine combined with a combustion engine that can run with gasoline or ethanol.

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