EV/AV Report: January 4, 2020

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, Tesla CEO Elon Musk gives a tentative date for FSD subscriptions, Canoo prepares to debut their multipurpose delivery EV in Canada in 2023 and Electrify Canada has two new ultra-fast EV charging stations heading to convenient urban locations in Quebec.

Tesla Tease

Recent tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk have EV enthusiasts wondering if the billionaire is hinting at the tentative release date for Tesla’s Full Self-Driving suite subscriptions, coming sometime “early next year”.

As it stands, Tesla’s FSD suite is available for a one-time purchase of $10,000, however, with the new subscription model driver’s with a Tesla under a lease, for example, can select more appropriate subscription packages.

While the company is attempting to offer more flexible solutions to customers, they see that $10,000 as an investment in the company.

“I should say, it will still make sense to buy FSD as an option as in our view, buying FSD is an investment in the future,” said Tesla CFO Zachary Kirkhorn in the company’s Q1 2020 earnings call.

Musk continued, “And we are confident that it is an investment that will pay off to the consumer—to the benefit of the consumer.”

Urban Portage

Canadians are about to get used to seeing a new kind of canoe around as Los Angeles-based electric vehicle company, Canoo, is set to debut their new multipurpose delivery EV that is expected to hit Canadian streets by 2023.

The vehicle simply called the MPDV (multipurpose delivery vehicle), is available for pre-order now for American customers who will see the all-electric van making deliveries stateside by 2022.

“We created our multipurpose delivery vehicle from the inside out, with the ergonomics of the driver in mind and with attention to detail to help them be happier and more productive at work,” said Tony Aquila, executive chairman of Canoo in a press release.

The MPDV’s minimal and efficient body design was “built specifically with the needs of small businesses and large last-mile delivery companies in mind.”

Ultra-vite, si vous plait 

Electrify Canada has announced that two new ultra-fast EV charging stations are heading to Quebec this month to better connect cities to the charging grid.

The stations are located at the Premium Outlets Montréal in Mirabel, with the second location about 150 kilometres away at the Canadian Tire at 3525 Boulevard des Forges in Trois-Rivières.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a premier charging experience to Quebecers with our new station at the Premium Outlets Montréal,” said COO of Electrify Canada Rob Barrosa. 

“Quebec is such an important market for electric vehicles, and we are eager to expand our services throughout the province to better support the growing local EV community.”

The network’s expansion across Quebec will continue with an additional four fast-charging locations, scheduled to open by early 2021.


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