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April 5th, 2013
EVVE2013 - Call for Abstracts - Closes May 5th
This year's national EV conference takes place at Lac Leamy in October. Geographically convenient for those of us in the Ottawa area.
If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster, please ensure you get your abstract in by May 5th.
The theme of this year’s conference is Accelerating EV Growth. Abstracts submitted can address any topic that would accelerate EV growth in any mode of surface transportation. That includes e-bikes, boats, off-road vehicles as well as the more conventional sense of EVs.
What do you think would accelerate the adoption of EVs? Charging stations infrastructure? Lower purchase prices? More education of vehicle purchasers? Targetting specific vehicle market niches? High performance example vehicles as trailblazers? Carbon tax? How would you turn that into a paper for presentation?
Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested.
See the EMC website for more information.
February 21st, 2013
EVs are Going PrimeTime
How do you know when your subject area has gone mainstream? When everybody wants you to participate in their blog, and their brothers are organizing conferences.
Earlier this month I attended the Electric Vehicle and Infrastructure Summit in Toronto. In October, Electric Mobility Canada will be holding their annual EV conference at the Lac Leamy Hilton in Gatineau (see you there). Two years ago it was tough to get enough attendees to hold one EV conference a year in Canada; now we have two.
And that doesn't even include the conferences being held in the U.S. and around the world in 2013, like the long-running EDTA annual shindig and EVS-27 in Barcelona, let alone the new events popping up.
February 20th, 2013
EV Deals in Ottawa
February is always a tough month in the car sales business in winter cities. Who wants to test drive a car when it is cold and nasty out? Which is why you tend to see the best prices of the year this month.
I have heard from local sources that you can get a sweet deal on either a brand-spanking new Mitsubishi i-MiEV or a Nissan Leaf right now, in the neighbourhood of $22 to $23,000 (after Ontario rebate). With gasoline at over $1.30 a litre this week, and expected to be higher this summer, don't you at least want to think about making the switch to electric drive?
(P.S., if you want to now how to knock a few hundred more off the posted price in Ottawa for either the Leaf or i-MiEV, e-mail me).
February 19th, 2013
If AMG Made an Electric Boat ...
February 18th, 2013
Clean Grid Means Clean EVs
First, it's good to be back posting again. The combination of today being Family Day here, and having stepped down from the Presidency of the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa (evco.ca) provides the opportunity to clean up this blog page, and the time to continue posting in days to come.
Those with an anti-EV agenda continue to perpetuate the myth that widespread adoption of EVs won't have a significant environmental benefit. Still, if you give it any thought, the benefits are obvious and significant. Being Family Day, consider the growing epidemic of just air quality issues we are experiencing: COPD, asthma, cancers, air quality days where we are told to keep our childen indoors, ... Cleaner air will obviously improve our quality of life, and that of our families.
So it is timely that the Shrink That Footprint group has just published a paper titled Shades of Green. In one of the summary graphs, they show Canada as having an equivalent of 87 mpg due to the amount of hydro and other non-carbon generation sources - or about 2.7 L/100km - better than the Prius C hybrid ( 3.5 L/100km).
As we shift away from coal (Ontario is on track to shut down the last of its coal-fired generation this year), and shift to renewables (wind is the fastest growing electricity generating sector), the clean EV story will only get better.
February 16, 2013
Call for Abstracts - Electric Mobility Canada 2013 Conference
Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) has issued its call for abstracts for papers to be presented at its 2013 conference in Gatineau, Quebec, October 21-23.
See you at Lac Leamy in October!
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