British Columbia, especially the area around Vancouver, has been heavy into fuel cells thanks to local companies like Ballard (see: those Olympic fuel cell buses). Plug-in electric vehicles are getting noticed there, though, thanks to a push to bring in the Nissan Leaf and to mandate the installation of electrical vehicle (EV) charging ports in new parking garages. Now, Greenscape (through its wholly owned subsidiary Green.Switch Capital) and Garage Juice Bar have announced they will bring a pro
A big piece of the end-of-life plan for lithium batteries is recycling and there is only one place in North America currently capable of carrying out that procedure. That facility, owned and operated by Toxco Waste Management in southeastern British Columbia, experienced a large fire last Saturday after suffering through a series of explosions. The event, which happened after-hours, seems to have started in a lithium storage building and created an impressive fireworks display for about 45 minut
Over two years ago, we first learned the British Columbia Transit was planning to acquire 20 fuel cell-powered buses for use in the Whistler area ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The first of those buses was recently delivered to the transit company with the rest arriving over the coming weeks and months. The 20 bus-fleet will be the single largest deployment of hydrogen-fueled buses in the world. The buses are built on chassis supplied by ISE Corporation and use fuel cell stacks supplied by B
As you know, some countries are trying to reduce fossil fuels consumption by creating a carbon tax that is applied to products such as gasoline. One such example is British Columbia, Canada, where a tax of 2.4 cents for each liter of gasoline is going to be included in gas prices next summer. Voices have been raised in opposition to this measure. One of them is such as Don Martin, who writes in an article for the National Post that, with oil prices above $100 per barrel, Canadian consumers are
Less than a week ago, we told you about a CBC report with Zenn complaining Transport Canada was not allowing its low speed vehicle to sold in Canada. The report included a regulatory enforcement engineer that explained they were not being allowed to be sold yet because they were going to change the law. Turns outs the idea of ex post facto is still around, so they got a National Safety Mark.
BC Transit, the company that operates transit bus services in the Vancouver-British Columbia region, has decided to go with new diesel buses instead of hybrids for the time being. The company has been operating half a dozen buses equipped with the GM-Allison two-mode hybrid system for over a year in the Victoria and Kelowna BC areas. The hybrids performed well in the more urban Victoria service area where the stop-and-go duty cycle allowed them to achieve up to twenty eight percent better effici
The Government of the western Canadian province of British Columbia will be the first to require older commercial trucks to be retrofitted with new emissions control equipment. The BC government will require all heavy duty diesel vehicles, including government fleet vehicles that weigh more than 11,000 lbs, to be fitted with a diesel oxidation catalyst or something equivalent by 2009. The retrofits should cost about $1,200 to $2,500 each and will be required on about 7,500 vehicles. California i
Toyota's success over the past decade has come at the cost of quality at times, and now, it's affecting employees and their families. In a document obtained by Automotive News, ToMoCo engineers and managers are getting worn out, whether it's from cross-country trips in close succession or the daily rigors of constant expansion. The result is five-percent of employees leaving the automaker in 2006, and 10-percent leaving in 2005.