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EV/AV Report: October 18, 2021

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, Electrify Canada announces a new Level 2 home charging station, Volkswagen reports strong EV sales numbers for Q3 and a Massachusetts town has found a way to work electric school buses into the public power grid. 

Home is where the charge is

Electrify Canada’s HomeStation Level 2 residential EV charger is set to hit the market this fall and is available to order online now for $1,099. 

Electrify Canada says the HomeStation can deliver charging speeds of up to 9.6kW, nearly seven times faster than a Level 1 charger, can allow capable vehicles to add up to 53 km of range per hour.

“Home charging accounts for about 80 percent of EV charging, so it’s imperative that people have a charging system that integrates into their daily lives,” said Nina Huesgen, senior manager of home and e-commerce at Electrify Canada. “Our state-of-the-art home charger will help drive EV adoption by providing forward-thinking home charging solutions for EV drivers.”

ID in demand

Volkswagen announced that they more than doubled its EV deliveries in the third quarter of 2021, with a notable uptick in electrification in China.

The automaker reported that despite a shortage of semiconductors, 122,100 EVs were delivered to customers from July to September, an increase of 109 percent compared with the prior-year quarter. 

Particularly the market ramp-up in China accelerated significantly in Q3, where 28,900 EVs were delivered, compared with 18,300 in the first half of the year.

The ID.4 currently holds the top spot as VW’s highest selling EV model, with 72, 700 units delivered over the past nine months.

Powering the People

Beverly, Massachusetts has broken ground as one of the first American municipalities to give back to its own power grid through the use of an electric school bus operating in the community.

In conjunction with Highland Electric Fleets and National Grid, a Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus equipped with a Proterra Powered battery system discharged nearly three megawatt-hours of electricity stored in the bus to the regional electric grid over the course of 30 events this summer.

“By delivering stored clean energy back to the grid when it’s needed most, electric school buses can help create a more resilient local power system and reduce the dependence on expensive fossil fuel power plants,” said Proterra president Gareth Joyce. 

“Switching to zero-emission electric school buses signals a transformational shift towards clean transportation and clean energy to help protect the health of our children and the communities they live in.

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