Electric vehicles

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Arizona’s auto aspirations make for unlikely ally in Canada’s EV tax-credit fight

Arizona is attracting parts and manufacturing service suppliers as well as EV companies

 

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

 

Petro-Canada’s electric vehicle charging station is photographed while on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Canada’s electric vehicle charging ambitions falling short, industry group says

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association says Canada needs to be building millions of stations

 

A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)

Camosun College program helping technicians learn how to work with electric vehicles

After two pilot sessions in the fall, the program will continue in Victoria in 2022

A Camosun College program is giving automotive technicians the skills they need to work on electric vehicles. (Photo courtesy of Camosun College)
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Canada looks to retool EV rebate program to include more expensive SUVs, pickups

Program restricts rebates to new vehicles with a max base price of $45,000 and $55,000 for upgraded features

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
A motion by Mayor Ryan Windsor coming before council Dec. 6 calls on staff to examine ways for the municipality to incentivize the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at existing commercial centres in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Commercial centres in Central Saanich could get support for EV charging stations

Motion by Mayor Ryan Windsor seeks to improve electric vehicle infrastructure

A motion by Mayor Ryan Windsor coming before council Dec. 6 calls on staff to examine ways for the municipality to incentivize the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at existing commercial centres in Central Saanich. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Dylan Tucker and Julian Sale of Motorize EV have fun in front of a Tesla Model 3 on their View Royal Lot. Sale said the uncertainty around gas availability in the aftermath of damaging floods has led to a surge in electric vehicle interest in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Julian Sale)

Greater Victoria fuel shortages supercharge EV interest

Independent delivery drivers especially interested in EVs as they look to stay profitable

Dylan Tucker and Julian Sale of Motorize EV have fun in front of a Tesla Model 3 on their View Royal Lot. Sale said the uncertainty around gas availability in the aftermath of damaging floods has led to a surge in electric vehicle interest in Greater Victoria. (Photo Courtesy of Julian Sale)
A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)

Vancouver Island company puts a unique jolt into classic car production

Electric engines can fit into standard engine mounts of popular hot rods

A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe with an e-Crate powertrain. (canEV photo)
An iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that has an e-Crate electric motor. (canEV photo )

Vancouver Island firms put a unique jolt into classic car production

Companies making electric engines to fit into standard mounts of popular hot rods

An iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that has an e-Crate electric motor. (canEV photo )
The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Campbell River latest Island town to slap user fee on EV charging stations

Electric vehicle users to be charged $2 per hour after half hour, in move aimed to bump turnover

The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Rebates from the province and the District of Saanich aim to further incentivize resident choices to switch to electric vehicles. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich supports electric vehicle use with charging station rebate

District will top up CleanBC rebates offered for residential building charger installations

Rebates from the province and the District of Saanich aim to further incentivize resident choices to switch to electric vehicles. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
One of BC Ferry’s new hybrid vessels, Island 3 ferry will service the Campbell River - Quadra route. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)

BC Ferries aims to have 12-14 fully electric vessels by 2032

President and CEO Mark Collins says BC Ferries is working with feds to fund shore charging stations

One of BC Ferry’s new hybrid vessels, Island 3 ferry will service the Campbell River - Quadra route. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)
A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street, between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, on April 30. More stations are planned to open in the region this summer. (City of Victoria/Twitter)

5 more fast chargers coming for EV drivers in Greater Victoria

Latest additions land in Victoria, Sidney, North Saanich

A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street, between Johnson Street and Pandora Avenue, on April 30. More stations are planned to open in the region this summer. (City of Victoria/Twitter)
A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street this spring. The region needs to ramp up its infrastructure installation progress to meet goals for EV use, according to a new report. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)

Greater Victoria’s public EV charging stations need to quadruple by 2030: report

Reaching CRD’s light-duty vehicle goal of 25 per cent EVs will require $31 million investment

A two-space electric vehicle charging station opened on Store Street this spring. The region needs to ramp up its infrastructure installation progress to meet goals for EV use, according to a new report. (Photo courtesy of the City of Victoria/ Twitter)
Island 3 as it left Romania earlier this year. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)

VIDEO: New ‘Island 3’ ferry arrives in Victoria

Ship completes 64-day, 10,000 nautical mile transatlantic journey

Island 3 as it left Romania earlier this year. (Photo courtesy BC Ferries)
New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

At least 70% of vehicle sales must be ZEVs to achieve Ottawa’s emissions plan: report

The plan projects a reduction of 213 megatonnes (MT) of greenhouse gas emission

New Toyota cars for sale are seen at an auto mall in Ottawa, on Monday, April 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The region’s first and only fully electric taxi fleet is ceasing operations June 28, citing the effects of the pandemic on business. (Current Taxi/Facebook)

Electric taxi service pulls the plug on Greater Victoria

Current Taxi will maintain Victoria licence, plans to return when economy rebounds

The region’s first and only fully electric taxi fleet is ceasing operations June 28, citing the effects of the pandemic on business. (Current Taxi/Facebook)
Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Sooke school board agrees to make all future buses electric

Board to ask province to increase funding to cover the extra up front cost

Al Kowalko drives Sooke School District’s first electric bus that began operation in May. The board decided on June 15 that all future buses will be electric, asking the province for more funding to support the program. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
A Tesla charging centre is pictured in Squamish, B.C., Tuesday, June, 1, 2016. More than $100 million in federal rebates designed to make electric vehicles more affordable to low and middle-income Canadians has gone to those buying a Tesla, government records show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Federal rebate set to make electric cars more affordable see $100M go to Tesla buyers

Liberal government introduced the subsidy in 2019 for those buying or leasing new zero-emission vehicles

A Tesla charging centre is pictured in Squamish, B.C., Tuesday, June, 1, 2016. More than $100 million in federal rebates designed to make electric vehicles more affordable to low and middle-income Canadians has gone to those buying a Tesla, government records show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The ferry to have departed from Romania to Victoria on its own power, May 19. (BC Ferries)

New BC ferry begins voyage across the Atlantic

Once in operation, it will be one of two servicing Campbell River – Quadra Island Route in 2022

The ferry to have departed from Romania to Victoria on its own power, May 19. (BC Ferries)