electric vehicles

EVs Have Now Surpassed Smartphones as Leading Source of Demand for Cobalt

According to the latest data from the Cobalt Institute, electric vehicles (EVs) have surpassed smartphones for the first time as the top source of demand for rare metal cobalt, Tesla North is reporting. Cobalt is a byproduct of mining copper and nickel and is limited in its supply and availability. The majority of global cobalt originates...

Tesla Pulls Apple Move, Ditches Mobile Charger for New Cars

Tesla will no longer include a complimentary Corded Mobile Connector with new electric vehicle (EV) purchases — reports Tesla North. https://twitter.com/tesla_adri/status/1515428153870753799 The change was first spotted by Tesla enthusiast @tesla_adri. Company CEO Elon Musk confirmed the removal in a response to @WholeMarsBlog on Twitter, saying it was due to "super low" usage statistics. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1515439697425805315 Tesla's Gen 2...

McDonald’s Canada Debuts First All-Electric Semi Truck for Distribution

McDonald's Canada on Wednesday announced the addition of the first-ever electric vehicle (EV) to its distribution fleet — reports Tesla North. The fast-food giant debuted an all-electric Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 semi-truck in Montréal, Québec, to distribute supplies across its restaurants in the area. The Volvo VNR was leased by McDonald's Canada's supply chain distribution...

LG Energy, Stellantis to Construct $4.1 Billion EV Battery Plant in Canada

According to a report by Tesla North, Stellantis N.V. and LG Energy Solution will be building a new electric vehicle battery factory in Windsor, Ontario, with the joint venture expected to cost nearly US $4.1 billion. The new EV battery manufacturing facility in Canada will supply lithium-ion batteries for Stellantis factories in Windsor and across...

iOS 15.4 Debuts EV Routing for Apple Maps in CarPlay

Apple on Monday started its public rollout of iOS 15.4. Among a host of other features, iOS 15.4 also brings a new 'EV Routing' feature for Apple Maps on CarPlay-enabled vehicles — reports Tesla North. The new feature is designed to make route planning and navigation easier for electric vehicle (EV) owners by integrating vehicle battery...

B.C. Announces 5-Year Provincial Sales Tax Exemption for Used EVs

As part of its continued efforts to boost electric vehicle sales in Canada, the province of British Columbia has announced a 5-year provincial sales tax (PST) exemption for used zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), starting February 23, 2022, until 2027 (via Tesla North). At the same time, the province has also increased the threshold for its luxury surtax on...

Québec Met with Tesla to Discuss Potential Supply Chain Partnership

The government of Québec is currently conducting talks with Tesla to evaluate the potential for a possible supply chain partnership with the private electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, according to a report from Le Journal de Montreal (via Tesla North). The news comes shortly after Québec's provincial government announced plans for a $2-3 billion investment in local battery...

Higher Costs Preventing Canadians from Purchasing EVs Shows Survey

According to a recent survey conducted by Leger Marketing, that asked 1,511 Canadians whether or not they planned to purchase an EV in the near future, majority of prospective buyers consider the cost of EVs to be the main deterrent (via Tesla North). The survey found that only 26% of Canadians are planning to buy an...

Tesla’s Non-Refundable Order Fee Increases to $250 in Canada

[caption id="attachment_358424" align="aligncenter" width="1440"] Image: Tesla[/caption] Tesla has increased the non-refundable deposit customers have to pay when ordering any of its electric vehicles (EVs) to $250 in both the U.S. and Canada — reports Tesla North. Customers in both countries previously only had to pay a non-refundable order fee of $100. Before Tesla switched over to...

Canada to Install 853 New EV Chargers with $32 Million Investment

According to Tesla North, the Canadian government has just announced an investment of over $32 million CAD as part of #EVWeekinCanada, earmarked for the installation of 853 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the country. The numbers come from Natural Resources Canada, a department of the federal government. Celebrating the announcement in a tweet, Minister of...

EV Owners in Saskatchewan Hold Rally to Protest New Tax [VIDEO]

Last week, Saskatchewan government officials voted to create a new $150 CAD annual tax for owners of electric vehicles (EVs) in the province, introducing the first EV tax in Canada. According to a report by Tesla North, several electric vehicle owners and EV groups sharing concerns against the new tax in Saskatchewan held a rally...