• Province of Quebec in Canada

    Quebec has become the first Canadian province to adopt a requirement for sales of a certain number of zero-emission vehicles, similar to the one in effect in California. Quebec's Assemblée Nationale passed the regulation on October 26 by a unanimous vote of 112 to 0, and to universal praise from Canada's electric vehicle community. The province joins not only California but nine other ZEV states (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) at the forefront of electrifying North American transportation. DON'T MISS: Plug-in...

  • 2016 Nissan Leaf SL, Hudson Valley, NY, Dec 2015
    2016 Nissan Leaf group buy in Montreal signs up 2,800 for low price on electric car

    Group purchases of cars and other goods, as a way of driving down the price, are common in other countries—think China—but rare in North America. But over the last two years, they've emerged as a way for electric-car advocates to accomplish several goals at once. Buyers both get better...

  • 2012 Nissan Leaf in the autumn outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [photo: Ricardo Borba]
    Electric cars a key part of climate-action plans in Ontario, Quebec

    In the past two months, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec announced aggressive climate-change policies, both featuring strong plug-in electric vehicle support. Ontario's provincial government followed up on its recently-strengthened purchase rebates with a battery of policies including...

  • Renault Twizy 40 arrives in Canada, March 2016   [photo: Azra]
    Renault Twizy low-speed electric car comes to Canada

    The Renault Twizy has always been an unusual vehicle, the sole low-speed electric vehicle to carry the brand of a major global automaker. Sold in a number of European countries, it's been tested here and there in North America. To date, the only way to experience a Twizy has been to rent one from...

  • Petro-Canada gas station, Crossfields, Alberta, with electric-car charging station
    Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

    Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016. While "a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step," plug-in proponents could be forgiven for wanting to advance more than a step at a time. Here, then, are a half-dozen recent...

  • Bourgeois Chevrolet, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada   [photo:]
    When Electric-Car Incentives Return: British Columbia Case Study

    Christmas came in April last year for plug-in electric vehicle proponents in British Columbia, Canada, when the provincial government reinstated its Clean Energy Vehicle purchase-incentive program. Purchase rebates for B.C. buyers of plug-in electric vehicles had ended in February 2014, when the...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

    It may not have too many more years to live, but the Chevrolet Spark EV will be sold in some new markets starting with the 2016 model year: three Canadian provinces. While General Motors had offered the Spark EV for fleet purchase in parts of the country, it wasn't available to retail buyers--individuals who walked into a dealer and asked for Chevy's only battery-electric vehicle. DON'T MISS: 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Switches Battery Cells; 82-Mile Range Remains (May 2014) Chevrolet will offer the 2016 Spark EV for sale in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec, the three provinces that offer...

  • Renault Twizy in New York City. Photos: Renault Official on Flickr
    Renault To Return To N America With Twizy Low-Speed Electric Car?

    Four of Europe's six mass-market carmakers have long sold cars in North America. The exceptions, for a quarter of a century, have been the two French makers: PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault. Now it appears that Renault may be considering a return to the continent, using its Twizy low-speed...

  • 2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]
    Buying Electric Cars: Quebec Launches Carrot-And-Stick Program

    Quebec raises registration fees for cars with large engines, and keeps electric-car incentives.

  • Bourgeois Chevrolet, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada   [photo:]
    A Third Of This Dealer's Sales Are Chevy Volt Electric Cars: How'd They Do It?

    Can any other franchised dealer in the world make the claim that full one-third of its sales are a single model of plug-in electric car? Bourgeois Chevrolet of Rawdon, Quebec, achieved that remarkable level in its sales this year of the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car. Now the dealership...

  • World-record attempt for most plug-in electric cars gathered in one place, Montreal, April 2014
    New World Record In Canada: 431 Plug-In Electric Vehicles In One Place

    It appears that a Québec electric-car group has set a new world record for plug-in electric cars gathered in one place. Yesterday, 431 battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars gathered in a long parking lot on the Île Sainte-Hélène, just south of the Jacques Cartier...

  • BYD electric buses
    BYD Electric Transit Bus Delivers 155 Miles Of Range In Quebec Test

    So far, the controversial BYD electric bus has proven satisfactory in Canadian testing.

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    Today, California buys the largest number of plug-in electric cars by far of any North American state or province. But the many civic benefits of electric cars--from zero emissions to greater energy efficiency--are inspiring other locales to step up to the plate. Last Friday, the government of Quebec announced Canada's most comprehensive policies to encourage the sale and use of plug-in vehicles. The program is part of a broader $516 million Transportation Electrification Strategy. Among many initiatives, the plan includes: a goal of deploying 12,500 more electric vehicles in the province by...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt drive test, March 2011
    Chevy Volt Goes North For 2012, Priced At C$41,545 In Canada

    With Chevrolet on track to complete its rollout of the 2011 Volt range-extended electric car to all 50 states by the end of this year, the carmaker is turning its sites to other countries. And it's starting next door in one of the two closest foreign countries to the U.S., one right on our border...

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