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Buyer demand prompts builder to install Level 2 EV chargers in Vancouver residential buildings

A new multi-unit residential development in East Vancouver is getting 110 Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations after would-be buyers responded overwhelmingly to the choice of the optional upgrade.

The City of Vancouver’s building code, amended in 2018, requires new multi-family residential buildings must be 100 per cent EV-ready. All parking spaces for residents must have an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging or higher.

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The number of new BEVs registered in Canada continues to increase, up 85 percent

The trend for electric vehicles in Canada is bright.

Statistic Canada has crunched the data have reported that in the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 (Q3), 394,348 new motor vehicles were registered in Canada. This represents a decline of 8.7 percent  from the previous quarter and an 11.7 percent decline from the third quarter of 2021.

Meanwhile, 34,313 new zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) were registered in Q3 2022, comprising 8.7% of total new motor vehicle registrations.

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BC-based courier company Geazone Eco-Couriers has ordered 40 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)

Geazone Eco-Couriers fleet of Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV)

Geazone Eco-Couriers claims to be “North America’s first hydrogen-powered courier fleet.”

Geazone is a British Columbia (BC)-based courier company that provides delivery services, third party logistics and freight services to businesses and customers across Vancouver Island and Vancouver.

The 40 Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) they ordered are powered by hydrogen. The press release did not specify if Gearzone will be using Blue (ie. made with fossil fuels) or Green Hydrogen, which is much more difficult to source.

Geazone received rebates from the BC’s CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fleet program, which offers fleet operators $8,000 to a maximum of 35% of selling price for the purchase of an FCEV to help B.C. businesses reduce emissions.

Hydrogen BC, the association championing British Columbia’s hydrogen industry, welcomes the announcement.

There are only four hydrogen fuelling stations in BC, with ‘several’ more planned. And that is a major problem for fuel cell electric vehicles. There is simply no infrastructure to support these vehicles. For example, California is the only US state where one can purchase a Toyota Mirai as there are not enough hydrogen fuelling stations in the rest of the US.

FCEV should be part of the solution to cleaning up the environment. At the moment they simply are not.

It cannot be ignored that Toyota is actively lobbying against the switch to zero emission vehicles (ZEV).

Almost 1 in 20 new motor vehicle registrations in Canada were zero-emission vehicles in Q2 2021

2021 Hyundai KONA electric

From April to June 2021, Canadians registered 486,592 new motor vehicles, 180,681 (+59.1%) more than in the same quarter in 2020 when public health measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 resulted in the closure of dealerships.

Registrations were up for all vehicle types in the second quarter of 2021, compared with the same quarter in 2020. Multi-purpose vehicles (+87.4%) saw the largest increase, followed by passenger cars (+52.8%), vans (+32.8%) and pickup trucks (+17.4%). Multi-purpose vehicles accounted for over half (55.8%) of all new motor vehicles registered in the second quarter, up from 47.4% during the same quarter a year earlier.

Registrations of all fuel types rose in the second quarter, but the increases were less pronounced for vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). Over four times as many new hybrid electric vehicles (+309.7%) were registered in the second quarter compared with the same quarter a year earlier. More than twice as many new battery-electric vehicles (BEV) (+165.6%) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) (+151.7%) were registered in the second quarter. More new gasoline (+50.1%) and diesel (+55.9%) vehicles were also registered in the second quarter.

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