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Hyundai announces Canadian pricing for the 2023 Ioniq 6 EV

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Ioniq 6

Hyundai Auto Canada announced details and pricing for its much anticipated Ioniq 6 fully-electric sedan.

All trims sold across Canada starting this Spring, will come with a Long Range 77.4-kWh battery and customers will be able to select from either a rear motor only layout, or for all-wheel drive.

The Ioniq 6 Preferred RWD Long Range has a MSRP of CDN$54,999 and a Natural Resources Canada (NRC)-estimated range of 581 kilometres (361 miles).

Dual motor AWD models have a starting MSRP of CDN$57,999 and have up to 509 kilometres (316 miles) of range.

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Volkswagen to build gigafactory EV battery plant in southwest Ontario


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Volkswagen‘s subsidiary PowerCo will build its first overseas “gigafactory” for battery cell manufacturing in St. Thomas, Ontario. Production is planned to start in 2027.

The decision to expand the PowerCo cell production into Canada is further proof of the ambitious growth strategy of the Volkswagen Group in North America.

VW last week announced they were had selected South Carolina for the new Scout Motors assembly plant.

Volkswagen plans to develop 25 new battery-powered electric vehicles by the end of the decade. It also intends to increase production at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant and upgrade its facilities in Puebla and Silao, Mexico, to produce electric vehicles and components at those sites.

“Today’s announcement by Volkswagen is a true testament to our highly skilled workforce and Canada’s strong and growing battery ecosystem,” Francois Phillippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of innovation, said in a statement.

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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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Toyota and Toyota Canada continue to opposes Zero Emission Regulations

In a speech to Canadian auto industry insiders in Toronto this week, Toyota Canada President & CEO Larry Hutchinson stated the company is commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Yet in the same speech Hutchinson took the opposite stance, disagreeing with the Canadian federal government’s proposed approach.

Even after Toyota receive criticism around the world for its similar stance, Toyota continues to be an electrification laggard, working against the prioritization of zero emission vehicles, preferring instead to measure Green House Gases (GHG) emission reductions across the total vehicle fleet. This fleet approach as been tried and failed for decades.

Hutchinson hopes, on behalf of Toyota, to pressure the Canadian government to implement strategies that are more in line with Toyota’s corporate priorities.

Previously, Toyota has blamed a lack of government guidelines for slow EV adoption.

Meanwhile, Toyota has but one ZEV on offer to the global market, with total sales of the oddly named Toyota bZ4x in the USA reaching only some 1,220 units in 2022.

Almost immediately after delivering the EV to customers, Toyota announced a safety recall for the bZ4X, acknowledging that wheels might detach from the car because of malfunctioning hub bolts and asking customers to stop driving the vehicle. Toyota managed to sell only 258 bZ4X EVs prior to the recall.

Previously, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Toyota were named the world’s most obstructive to national climate crisis policies.

Perhaps there are reasons other reason that motivate Hutchinson to spread his brand of disinformation. Perhaps Toyota and Toyota Canada should concentrate on its internal problems instead of working against the health of Canadians and the environment.

Lack of electric vehicles availability slowing down the Canadian government’s efforts to transition federal fleet

Natasha Bulowski, National Observer ::

A lack of vehicle availability and charging infrastructure is slowing down the federal government’s efforts to transition its fleet to electric vehicles, according to a memo to the deputy minister of natural resources that Canada’s National Observer obtained through a federal access-to-information request.

The federal government is aiming for its light-duty vehicle fleet to be comprised entirely of zero-emission or hybrid vehicles by 2030. These vehicles are used for a wide range of purposes across all federal departments, like mail delivery or transporting equipment and employees for work duties (for example, to meetings and conferences).

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