EV/AV report: April 18, 2022

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s Electric and Autonomous Vehicles report, Ford announces a release date for the F-150 Lightning, the federal government is investing in medium and heavy fleet conversions and Volkswagen reports an increase in electric vehicle sales since the beginning of the year.


An April 26 release date has been officially confirmed for Ford’s F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck.

Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted on Wednesday that “F-150 Lightning strikes” on April 26 and a launch event at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan will mark the day.

As an electrified version of Canada’s most popular truck model, the Lightning will certainly set the benchmark for the future of EV adoption in the country.

The Ford F-150 Lightning’s battery should provide a range of 370 to 515 kilometers on a single charge.

Putting the right fleet forward

The federal government announced Thursday an investment of $547.5 million over four years to launch a new incentive program for the purchase of zero-emission medium and heavy vehicles to help companies modernize their fleets.

Part of the goal of this investment is to put medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets in a better position to align with the goal of having 35% of these vehicles electric by 2030.

The government also plans to purchase at least 5,000 zero-emission buses to help municipalities convert their local transit systems to electric options.

“Transportation accounts for 41% of the polluting greenhouse gases we emit in Quebec. Helping Quebecers transition to electric vehicles is absolutely essential to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and building a low-carbon economy,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault at Lion Electric in Saint-Jérôme. , in Quebec.

The identification bump

Volkswagen AG reported a 65% increase in electric vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2022, compared to last year, and the all-electric crossover ID.4 has to be thanked for that.

A total of 99,100 electric vehicles were delivered to customers in the first three months of the calendar year, compared to 60,000 in the same period last year.

Of the 99,100 vehicles delivered, Volkswagen says around 30,300 of them are ID.4s.

Volkswagen said its bank of orders for electric vehicles has grown to about 300,000 units in total.

“The demand for our all-electric vehicles is very high worldwide, and our order books are therefore well filled,” said Board Member Hildegard Wortmann.

In terms of overall sales for the first quarter of 2022, Volkswagen suffered a decline of almost 30% in units sold.