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EV/AV Report: January 18, 2021

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, the city of Vancouver is looking for someone to run a new electric tour bus charging station, Nova Scotia receives further funding to their EV charging grid and the APMA’s Project Arrow picks up a few key partnerships.

Volt City

The city of Vancouver is looking for an interested party to run a new tour bus charging station, to be located in the Granville Island area.

Vancouver municipal government has issued a request for proposals to develop the parking lot at 1500 W. 2nd Avenue for the charging of electric tour buses en route to Granville Island, a popular hub for tour buses.

The group selected will be responsible for all costs of the installation, maintenance and operations of the station, as well as the $50,000-100,000 cost required to work with BC Hydro going forward. The selected party must also be a private tour bus company operating in Vancouver.

Grid Bid

Continuing the federal government’s electric campaign in the east, Nova Scotia power has received an investment of more than $1.1 million to expand the EV charging grid in the province.

With the ultimate goal of assessing and developing renewable power sources for the future, funding for this project was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration program, which aims to accelerate the deployment and market entry of next-generation clean energy infrastructure.

“We know customers want clean, affordable, reliable energy for their homes and businesses, and we are finding innovative ways to meet that demand. Through our electric vehicle smart charging pilot we will test these technologies to learn how they can benefit all customers, creating clean, smarter options without changing a person’s driving habits,” said commercial v-p Dave Landrigan of Nova Scotia Power.

Group Project

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association (APMA) is looking for help supplying components for their upcoming Project Arrow, Canada’s first original all-electric SUV concept vehicle.

“The Windsor end will do the virtual build and digital twinning of the Arrow. It will establish the engineering architecture that is so critical,” said APMA president Flavio Volpe.

The deadline to submit a request for proposal is March 1. For more information visit: https://projectarrow.ca/

APMA also just recently announced a partnership with the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (WEEDC) and YQGTech.

The Virtual Reality Cave at WEEDC’s Institute of Border Logistics and Security will be used to create the Arrow’s digital twin.

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