EV/AV report: June 13, 2022

Toronto, ON – In this week’s report on electric and autonomous vehicles, Canada Post plans to electrify its fleet, Nimbus announces a motorcycle-sized electric vehicle and the European Parliament votes to ban combustion engines in passenger cars. 2035.

Voltaic vans

On June 9, Canada Post announced a sweeping new plan using $1 billion to reduce emissions and modernize its fleet. If things go according to plan, Canada Post will have half of its fleet electrified by 2030 and fully electrified by 2040.

“The challenge ahead of us is great and we know that greening our transportation is essential,” said Doug Ettinger, CEO of the company. “We have a responsibility to Canadians, and their children and grandchildren, to help pave the way to a more sustainable future.

Testing of net-zero parcel sorting facilities is underway at the Albert Jackson processing center, and experimental vehicles are being tested at the Canada Post depot in Ottawa.

Small cars

Nimbus has another take on the tricycle concept, pursuing the holy grail of urban vehicles: the mobility of a motorcycle and the protection of a car.

In addition to airbags and a steel frame, the features proximity cameras and AI to enhance vehicle perception, bringing the awareness systems of a car to “the convenience and cost of a motorcycle. “.

Despite claims that the Nimbus has “the protection of a car”, it’s unclear whether the 300kg Nimbus will protect the driver as well as cars that typically weigh an average of 1,850kg, according to the US agency. environmental protection.

At a minimum, you will be protected from the rain on the way to work.

Combustible repression

This week, the European Parliament voted on a proposal to ban combustion engines in cars by 2035, with 339 votes to 249, with 24 abstentions.

Lawmakers also approved a further reduction in CO2 emissions from automobiles, from reducing emissions by 37.5% by 2020 to 55% by 2030.

At the same time, this vote only confirms the position of the parliament – ​​the law itself would pass only after negotiating with the countries of the European Union.