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Saskatchewan is adding a $150 tax surcharge to owners of electric vehicles

While other places are encouraging people to move towards electric vehicles, Saskatchewan does the opposite.

Cloe Logan, National Observer »

While many provinces are incentivizing people to switch over to pollution-free automobiles, Saskatchewan has positioned itself as an outlier by imposing a new $150 fee for all electric vehicles users.

The fee took effect Oct. 1, and is meant to ensure EV users pay their fair share for road use. The move was ridiculed by environmental advocates, who say it will discourage the shift to EVs. However, the government rationalized the move by noting drivers of gasoline-powered vehicles already contribute to road and highway maintenance through taxes on gas that go to varying levels of government, including the province.

Although $150 isn’t a huge price for many EV owners, it’s a move Joel Bruneau, a professor of economics at the University of Saskatchewan, says sends a strong negative message to anyone who may be considering a new EV. As of September, there were only 611 registered EVs in the province, compared to British Columbia, where there were 54,000 registered as of April.

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StromVolt to build Canada’s first lithium-ion battery factory

Canadian start-up StromVolt Americas has announced that it will be building Canada’s first lithium-ion cell factory for electric vehicles. StromVolt will work with the Taiwan’s Delta Electronics and the factory will be located in Quebec.

StormVolt Americas Press Release »

StromVolt Americas, a Canadian company, is proud to announce that it has signed agreements with Taiwan-based Delta Electronics to build the first lithium-ion cell factory in Canada. StromVolt will be the first North American firm to fully own such a facility along with the rights to develop and scale up this critical technology.

“StromVolt’s agreements with Delta Electronics are a landmark opportunity for North American cell manufacturing. StromVolt would gain, through this close cooperation, the cell technology, extensive in-person support for the factory construction and the sale of brand-new machinery. The partnership drastically reduces the timeline for the factory to become operational and eliminates the uncertainty for such an ambitious project.” says Maxime Vidricaire, CEO of StromVolt.

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Kawasaki plans to switch to electric motorcycles by 2035

Nikkei »

Currently there are no Kawasaki motorcycles that are powered by electricity, but it plans to introduce more than 10 electric models by 2025. The goal is to completely switch over to electric motorcycles by 2035 in Japan, Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia. The company plans to launch hybrid and all electric versions. It also plans develop engines that run on hydrogen.

Kawasaki Heavy’s motorcycle sales came to 380,000 vehicles in 2020. Despite a global market share of only around 1%, Kawasaki has a strong presence in Japan and North America with its mainstay, brand-name large motorcycles. Global demand for motorcycles was about 44.5 million vehicles in 2020, down about 20% from the previous year due to the pandemic, but appetite for the two wheelers is now growing because they are seen as relatively safe an infectious-disease-conscious world. Kawasaki will seek to expand its market share by focusing on decarbonization, a goal in line with government policies around the world.

Honda holds the crown as the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. It says it aims to decarbonize by 2050 but has yet to give specific timeline. Yamaha Motor has set a goal of making 90% of its motorcycles electric by 2050. An executive there, however, acknowledges that batteries are hard to come by when competing with passenger cars.

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All electric Ford Mustang Mach-E is being tested by seven UK police forces

Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept

Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept

Autocar »

A Ford Mustang Mach-E police concept has been unveiled at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, following several requests from forces around the country to evaluate the electric SUV.

Seven UK forces – the Metropolitan Police, Sussex, Surrey, South Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Devon and Cornwall, and Police Scotland – have either tested the Mustang Mach-E or asked for a full report on a specially built prototype.

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