Posted by: jmtoriel | January 11, 2011

Electrifying 2011

2011 is already shaping up to be a pivotal year, the rEVolution is here. The annual North American Auto Show has opened its doors today to a new reality. EVs are here to stay and the days of fantasy EV prototypes, thankfully, are over. The world’s first mass produced EVs are making their way to the North American market with the rollout of the largest car manufacturers including: Tesla S, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BYD e6, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell and plug-in hybrids with the new Toyota Prius v, Chevy Volt MPV5 and the Ford C-Max.

An exciting announcement kicked off the show: the Chevrolet Volt was proclaimed North American Car of the Year. This is a huge leap in innovation and is a strong indicator of the acceptance of EV technology both in the auto industry as a whole and among the public at large. The Nissan LEAF was also amongst the finalists.

In Canada, the predominant issue is still “range anxiety” and lack of infrastructure, but many jurisdictions are encouraging growth south of the border with federal incentives to create a competitive market opportunities and the green transportation race is on.

EV charging is in early deployment in the US with public charging stations being installed thanks to a public-private partnerships in installations in 7 jurisdictions (Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, Texas and Washington DC) with smaller scale efforts being deployed in SF Bay Area, Michigan, and South Carolina with federal, state and local financial support. The City of Vancouver has made adoption of EVs easier by requiring 20% parking stalls to have charging infrastructure in all new condos, all new single family homes and off-street bike storage.

The equipment is market-ready to install and utilities, like BC Hydro, in conjunction with the Province of B.C., and NRCAN (National Resources Canada) and the City of Vancouver have completed the new Canadian guidelines for installing EV charging infrastructure. We are presumably ready to become the “Greenest City”, if it were not for the fact that high-speed charging and centrally located stations with a bike share initiative are off the map for the time being and other jurisdictions are surpassing us around the globe.

This is where BIG Green Island Transportation comes in.

We are ready to take EV infrastructure to the next level by providing consulting and installation expertise to municipalities, institutions, businesses and residences. We are in the process of proposing a green transportation station that would accommodate the new wave of on-road BEVs/PHEVs that will require more centralized infrastructure to encourage adoption. Coordination is needed and we can help. Along with accessibility, affordability, reliability, low maintenance and speedis what the consumer wants and we can provide it with your participation.

Let’s make this the year where we can honestly say that we are ready to become the Greenest city in transportation.


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