British Columbia plans to end non-electric car sales by 2040
VANCOUVER, B.C. - British Columbia's premier said on Tuesday his government will introduce legislation next year that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or zero-emission vehicles.
Premier John Horgan said the province will phase in the sales targets, which apply only to new vehicles. They would start at 10 percent by 2025, rising to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2040.
To support the plan, British Columbia would expand its fast-charging network and spend an additional $20 million Canadian ($15 million U.S.) this year on incentives for consumers who buy electric vehicles.
"We need to make clean energy vehicles more affordable, available and convenient," Horgan said in a statement. He noted the targets were part of a long-term plan to achieve ambitious carbon emission reduction goals.
British Columbia offers credits of up to C$5000 for the purchase or lease of new battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and C$6000 for new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. It plans to expand the incentive program over time.
The province follows Quebec, which passed legislation in 2016 targeting 15.5 percent of sales and leases be zero emission vehicles by 2020. A number of U.S. states, including California, have similar laws designed to increase the supply and sales of plug-in electric vehicles.
Electric vehicle sales are booming in Canada, more than doubling in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the same period of 2017, according to clean-tech data firm FleetCarma. But demand is still far lower than for conventional vehicles.
Tesla's Model 3 is the most popular electric car in Canada, followed by Nissan's Leaf and General Motors' Chevy Bolt.
The International Energy Agency said last week that electric vehicles and more efficient fuel technology will cut transportation demand for oil by 2040 more than previously expected.
Ford, Walmart to collaborate on designing automated-vehicle delivery
The project is the latest to grow out of Ford's broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles. Ford was working with San Francisco-based Postmates already to develop delivery services that could employ automated vehicles.
The Walmart pilot, which will take place in the Miami area, initially will use human-driven vehicles operated to simulate how a self-driving vehicle would behave, Ford said. Ford has said it expects to launch commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021.
The new pilot project will offer customers delivery by Postmates of goods ordered at Walmart stores. Brian Wolf, an executive of Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, wrote in a blog post that the companies will work over the next "couple of months" to figure out what goods can be delivered successfully, especially perishable groceries.
"Before self-driving cars can go mainstream, we must get a better sense of how people want to interact with them," Tom Ward, Walmart senior vice president for digital operations, said in a statement on Thursday.
That could require new designs or equipment for vehicles, Wolf wrote. Among the challenges Ford has said it is working on is designing on-board storage systems that are easy for customers to open to retrieve a pizza or a package.
Postmates, according to its website, operates in 385 U.S. cities, as well as Mexico. It offers delivery from brick-and-mortar restaurants and stores.
Walmart is competing with online retailer Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and other rivals to cut the cost of delivering goods over what industry executives call "the last mile" to customers who order online.
Replacing human delivery van drivers with robotic systems could reduce last-mile delivery costs. But the technology is still expensive, and the industry is still waiting for regulations that could help protect automated vehicle owners or manufacturers from liability claims.
Ford is in discussions with German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) about a possible investment in its self-driving vehicle unit, people familiar with the situation said. No deal has been announced.Ford has emphasized commercial uses of autonomous vehicle technology, such as goods delivery, in contrast to rival General Motors Co (GM.N), which is working to build a robot taxi service at its GM Cruise unit.
In July, Ford said it would create a new business unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, to house its self-driving vehicle operations. The automaker said it would invest a total of $4 billion in the unit through 2023.
CARPROOF has officially rebranded its name to CARFAX Canada.
News of the name change was announced in the spring, when the company launched the rebranding process to better align with its U.S. counterpart, CARFAX.
"CARFAX Canada will continue to provide the same robust history and valuation information that dealers and consumers have come to expect from us," said Shawn Vording, Vice President of Automotive Sales at CARFAX Canada.
He adds: "We're excited to leverage the CARFAX brand because it better positions us to provide enhanced products and services to Canadians in the future, building on our extensive history of helping people make informed decisions about used cars."
Overall, the vehicle history, appraisal and valuation company is meant to help leverage the strength of the U.S. CARFAX brand so that more Canadians feel comfortable in buying and selling used vehicles in the country.
Hyundai and Kia Developing Solar Panel Roofs for Electric, Internal Combustion Engines
Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors announced in a press release Wednesday that they are working together on solar charging technologyfor integration into hybrid, electric, and internal combustion vehicles. Hyundai plans to roll out this feature in three generations, with the first coming in 2019. The technology will improve fuel economy and range on equipped cars, reducing emissions in the process.
"It is an exciting development for us, designing a technology for vehicle owners to help them shift from being energy users to being energy producers," said Jeong-Gil Park, executive vice president of the engineering and design division of Hyundai Motor Group.
Generation one will be made for PHEVs, the second generation of tech will be made for internal combustion engines, and the third generation will be made for EVs.
The first generation of the technology will be "created out of a structure of silicon solar panels that are integrated into a standard car roof," described Hyundai. As the hybrid car is parked, this roof will have the ability to charge 30 percent to 60 percent of its battery during the course of a day, depending on current weather conditions.
Generation two will be a semi-transparent solar panel embedded into the panoramic sunroof of internal combustion engine vehicles. This system is meant to charge the car's 12-volt battery. The addition of solar panels will allow the car to rely less on the typical alternator charging system, taking stress off of the engine and improving fuel efficiency as a result.
In its release, Hyundai Motor Group doesn't have much to say about the third generation of the technology, other than it "is currently in testing," and it will be applied to the roofs and hoods of future EVs to provide them with a source of clean energy.
"In the future, we expect to see many different types of electricity-generating technologies integrated into our vehicles. The solar roof is the first of these technologies, and will mean that automobiles no longer passively consume energy, but will begin to produce it actively," stated Park.
In the fight to reduce emissions, it's imperative not only for companies to manufacture more efficient cars, but also to power them through renewable sources, such as hydrogen cells, wind power, and solar energy. If the third generation of this technology makes it into production, it could put Hyundai and Kia a step closer to creating a true zero-emissions vehicle.