Reflexion on Previous Years   I know, I know. Every time we hear about electric vehicle lately Norway is being mentioned. However, making an annual trip to Norway for the past three years really opened my eyes on how quickly a market can increase with the right motivation and incentives.   European EV Market   In the last three years the amount of EVs on the road is not only noticeable on paper but drastically obvious on the road. All manufacturers are rushing electric models to Norwegian dealership lots as the demand keeps increasing faster than the annual production rate. During my trip to Amsterdam, I spoke with  Morten Eibak , Sales Manager at Hyundai Norway. He shared that over 90% of all Hyundai vehicles now sold in Norway are electric or plug-in hybrid (PHEV). They are at a point where they have to incentivize dealerships to sell petrol powered vehicles as they aren't being sold. It's not just Norway though, the Netherlands is experiencing a phenomenal growth in its EV market as well. At Fastned, the annual user increased from 535 to over 17 900 in only four years.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     During the weekend, I had the chance to walk with a local friend around Oslo when we turned a corner providing an exceptional view on the Port of Oslo. There it was, first shipment of Tesla model 3 and orders for additional S and X. It was a sea of cars waiting to be delivered. I would've needed to use the panoramic view setting on my phone to capture the whole shipment as it keeps going further on the right for the same distance.         Fast Charging      

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     In many areas of North America, the typical fast charging strategy infrastructure looks like this: A single station with a queue of cars waiting to charge. On a lucky day, one may not have to wait at all but the likelihood of that happening is very slim especially in busy areas.  This situation isn't encouraging people to purchase an EV when drivers are witnessing a line-up to recharge. Installing a single DCFC in a high-traffic area is very welcomed by the existing EV drivers but also provides a negative image for the industry. It's also a missed opportunity to invest higher capital up front for future expansion.            </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"         On the contrary, in Norway, it is easy to find charging hubs often comprised of over fifty Tesla superchargers, six DCFC 50kWh and four 22kWh. I stopped on a Tuesday in the middle of the afternoon, probably one of the quieter moments of the week, and people were still buzzing around.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBWRZCE1aaw   In Canada, the fast charging infrastructure has mostly been deployed by crown corporation utilities. This situation isn't ideal as BC Hydro is relying on public funding and budgets to increase the amount of locations to serve additional communities. Unfortunately, this also resulted in providing only one station to each site leaving a long queue of cars waiting to charge during weekends and rush hours. Though, this situation may change soon. As of March 22nd, 2019, with the British Columbia Utilities Commission recommendations, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources approved the suggested regulation exemption allowing private organizations to charge a fee for electric vehicle charging services making a business case for private investments.   EVSE Business Models   The business models are rapidly shifting into revenue generating models in which providing fast charging services for a fee generates a profit as the EV market keeps growing rapidly along with provincial and federal incentives. Having gas station companies entering the market clearly stipulates that the demand is now big enough to make the investment. Many business models can be created from DCFC with a couple level 2 chargers at a mall to a full gas station like charging hub.  Traveling around the world has broaden my perspective on the impact of the infrastructure and culture change ahead of us. Decentralizing the energy industry has never been done before and is now up-for-grab to whomever dares to bring a business model to life.  - Maxime Charron

Reflexion on Previous Years

I know, I know. Every time we hear about electric vehicle lately Norway is being mentioned. However, making an annual trip to Norway for the past three years really opened my eyes on how quickly a market can increase with the right motivation and incentives.

European EV Market

In the last three years the amount of EVs on the road is not only noticeable on paper but drastically obvious on the road. All manufacturers are rushing electric models to Norwegian dealership lots as the demand keeps increasing faster than the annual production rate. During my trip to Amsterdam, I spoke with Morten Eibak, Sales Manager at Hyundai Norway. He shared that over 90% of all Hyundai vehicles now sold in Norway are electric or plug-in hybrid (PHEV). They are at a point where they have to incentivize dealerships to sell petrol powered vehicles as they aren't being sold. It's not just Norway though, the Netherlands is experiencing a phenomenal growth in its EV market as well. At Fastned, the annual user increased from 535 to over 17 900 in only four years.

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BCUC EV Inquiry Outcome: Private Organizations Are Now Allowed to Charge a Fee

BCUC EV Inquiry Outcome: Private Organizations Are Now Allowed to Charge a Fee

Starting in 2018, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) had put forward An Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service to seek market evidence whether to allow and/or regulate pricing on private organizations providing EV charging services. As of 2018, only BC Hydro was allowed to resell electricity per kWh in British Columbia deterring private players to get into the EV charging service market due to a lack of attractive ROI.

On March 22nd 2019, the BCUC has come to the conclusion that there was no regulation needed therefore approving electric vehicle charging service providers who are not otherwise public utilities, as well as landlords and strata corporations exempt from part 3 of the Utility Commission Act, other than sections 25 and 38.

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New BC EV Regulation 2040: What Does It Mean to Your Industry

New BC EV Regulation 2040: What Does It Mean to Your Industry

Last November, the BC NDP government announced a new target: 100%1 of all new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero emission by 2040, under B.C.’s electrification plan . As electric vehicles (Evs) are already experiencing exponential growth, this regulation will accelerate the EV adoption pace.

Considering all new vehicles are to be electric within two vehicle cycles (20 years), the need for EV charging infrastructure is and will become an immense opportunity. Gas stations will remain as many electric vehicles are plug-in hybrid with limited electric range. However, the majority of EVs are forecasted to be battery electric vehicle (BEV) resulting in an immense decrease in fuel demand while greatly increasing the need for EV charging infrastructure.

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Owner of Commercial Real Estate? Turn Your Stalls Into Gas Stations With EV Chargers

Owner of Commercial Real Estate? Turn Your Stalls Into Gas Stations With EV Chargers

The fact that no longer million dollars investments are required to provide energy to the transportation industry is a disruption on its own. Currently, anyone owning a piece of commercial property has the opportunity to install public electric vehicle charging stations while generating an ROI within 3 to 7 years depending on the charging station’s location. 


A simple drive around Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, or any of their surroundings will provide evidence of the growing market. The new EV charging infrastructure can’t keep up with the EV sales on our roads putting pressure on the existing infrastructure creating room for new revenue generating opportunities.

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Business Case: EV Charging Infrastructure for the Hotel Industry

Business Case: EV Charging Infrastructure for the Hotel Industry

Turn Your Stalls Into mini Gas Stations


The gains from investing and developing an EV charging infrastructure strategy are extensive. As the EV market is skyrocketing year over year, the demand is rapidly increasing. The key benefits are: 


  • Retain existing clients 

  • Attracting new clients by being an industry leader 

  • New revenue stream (ROI) when using Smart EV Solutions 

  • Include initiative in annual Corporate Sustainability Report 

  • Attract new business not only for stay but also restaurant and bar 

  • Future proof new hotel construction using strategic planning

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EV Charging Network: Open Charge Point Protocol

EV Charging Network: Open Charge Point Protocol


Since its second birth in the early 2000s, the world of electric vehicle (EV) has progressed rapidly especially in the last five years. As the market grew and keeps growing, many companies manufacturing EV charging stations have developed user friendly and reliable products for EV drivers to use. 


As charging stations are slowly replacing gas stations, we are now experiencing the decentralization of energy. This means anyone having access to power can provide energy to its user through an EV charging infrastructure. This is mainly why the oil & gas industry is fighting the EV industry as much as they have been doing but that will be for another topic.

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EVBox North America Partners Summit Recap

On May 7, 2018, LeadingAhead Energy had the privilege to join EVBox and 32 other attendees from 23 companies to the first North America Partners Summit in New York City. The goal was clear, raising awareness about Open Charge Point Protocol in the North American EV charging infrastructure. EVBox is one of the world leader in the EV charging industry. All of EVBox products are OCPP compliant as the company made the commitment to only offer OCPP compatible options when joining the Open Charge Alliance complying to the Global Open-Standards. 

Here's a recap of the conference!

2018 EV Charging Infrastructure Regulations on New Constructions

2018 EV Charging Infrastructure Regulations on New Constructions

Starting in 2017, many new regulations on new buildings have been passed either by cities and/or provincial building codes. Unfortunately, not all provinces are as progressive on this topic so we will be focusing on two provinces: BC and ON. In 2018, new regulations have ruled out mostly for BC and ON which we will talk about separately.

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How Can Your Organization Benefit From The Rise of Electric Cars

How Can Your Organization Benefit From The Rise of Electric Cars

The Electric Vehicle (EV) market has grown over the past few years, continues to boom, and is expected to keep doing so in the coming years. Unfortunately, EV sales have never been significant enough to turn heads. So when it's time for buyers to purchase a new vehicle, have been reluctant to jump at buying an EV when it was time to purchase a new vehicle; not anymore. 

As of March 2017, EV sales across Canada have been growing year-over-year with a 68% increase in vehicles sold from the same period in 2016. British Columbia is leading the way with 4% of total sales being EVs. If the 2017 trends keep course, the market across Canada will see similar growth; EVs sales in Quebec and British Columbia to account for 5% of the total market in 2017. That is a marked increase from 0.4% a couple years ago. 

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