2019 is shaping up to be a big one in the EV space in Canada. We’ve put together our top 5 list of things we can’t wait to see in the upcoming year ahead!

Feel free to comment or post what you are looking forward to in the coming year ahead.

5) Electric Mobility Canada 2019 Conference

This conference and trade show showcases EV industry members and products from across North America.

We are excited to attend, once again, to network with industry leading EV suppliers and companies to discuss the upcoming transition to electric vehicles.

Check it out at: EMC – MEC

4) More EV models for the masses

One of the major complaints from consumers is price. With most manufacturers with plans to release models in 2019 or 2020, we should start seeing more affordable models reaching consumers this year.

For a list of models coming out in 2019, see the link below:

3) Federal ZEV mandate or EV incentive

With the federal government’s clean fuel standard and fee and dividend price on pollution, it only makes sense to have a national zero emission vehicle strategy or a national EV incentive program.

We are hopeful that 2019 will bring one of these two options to Canada which should help increase adoption rates across the country.

2) Mining industry growth

One area which we have been predicting to explode is the local mining economy. This has been on the forefront for many months, and is expected to increase well past 2019 and is mainly due to EV battery growth.

On Mining.com, the top 3 articles in 2018 were all stories about battery materials – a trend we know will continue to ramp up in 2019 and is very important to Sudbury’s local economy.

Link can be found here.

1) Expanding charging network(s)

One of the biggest questions we always get asked is “where can I charge?” Since gas stations are so ingrained in people’s minds, unless people start seeing EV infrastructure in the “wild”, consumers may not be confident in the technology (otherwise known as the “chicken and egg” problem – businesses don’t want to invest in infrastructure due to uncertain demand, and consumers won’t invest in EVs if the infrastructure is not in place).

This also affects people in northern Ontario more than the south – since cold weather affects range in BEV models, more fast chargers are needed at shorter intervals to allow long distance travel.

Some highlighted expansions planned for this coming year:

  • ChargePoint recently announced over $250 million of funding for expanding their charging infrastructure.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada is expected to expand their alternative fuel funding program.
  • eCAMION is set to start installing it’s “FastCharge, Inc.” network from Sudbury to Manitoba.
  • Electrify Canada (Volkswagen AG) has plans to install 32 charging sites across Canada (including in Ontario) that will include 150kW DCFC stations.

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