I am pleased to have joined Clean Wave Technologies in early May. Soon after joining, I attended the Electric Mobility Canada event from May 29 to June 1. The electric vehicle trade show had approximately 250 attendees from automakers, truck manufacturers, Canadian government officials, utilities and electrical infrastructure providers. I had the opportunity to network with several Canadian provincial governments working on electrified public transportation including Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. One of the key insights I took away with the move to electrification was being motivated by inexpensive hydroelectricity.
During the show, I witnessed the world’s first look at the Havelaar Bison Electric Pickup. Start of production was stated to begin by 2019. It has an all-electric range of 186 miles (300 kilometers) with a dual-motor, all-wheeldrive powertrain. The Bison has a carbonfiberreinforced steel space frame. I had a chance to speak with the Havelaar team,and was told that it is designed and tested in Canada with the goal of having an electric pickup that would thrive in severe weather and challenging terrain. Nice looking truck with a well-equipped interior.
OEM BYD presented an overview of itsglobal electrified transportation capability. The team stated they have the largest passenger electric vehicle market share worldwide. In 2015,BYDdeployed 70,000 electric vehicles and 100,000 in 2016. Since 2011,the companyhave introduced 23,000 electric buses in service.
One memorable part of their presentation was the use of electric buses with bi-directional inverters and charging. Bi-directional capability enables the discharge of AC power back to the grid, to a load or vehicle-to-vehicle. The electric buses have a safety contingency plan of powering a mobile hospital or a Red Cross emergency tent for a week. They showed the impact on demand leveling in Hangzhou, China. From the plot below,it can be seen that by deployingunder 5,000 buses, a city of nine million can level their electricity demand.
As part of the conference, I had the pleasure of visiting the Alectra/Powerstream facility.
It was as unique opportunity to witness a fully operational microgrid that incorporates different types of electric vehicle chargers. The microgrid consists of energy storage systems, distributed generation sources, such as a wind turbine and solar arrays, as well as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Alectra deploys a DC fast charger and several level 2 AC chargers along with an innovative vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system that allows the microgrid to power up a building or home using the energy stored inside a vehicle battery.
The last stop of the conference, I got to see The Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre. It is aone-of-a-kind experience to help consumers learn all about electric cars, charging infrastructure and the electricity system that powers them, as well as the opportunity to test drive a wide variety of makes and models of EVs. I was ableto sit in many EVs and test drive a few. Nice way to end the trip!