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Can new EV approach pick up sales in Canada?

Source: Motoring.com

The latest pick-up truck EV concept to hit the market, the Havelaar Bison, was debuted in Ontario, Canada at the 2017 EVVE Conference.

Havelaar Canada has developed a new EV pick-up truck which it promises can cope with the extreme weather and rugged terrain its home nation is known for. The new EV has been designed and tested in Canada and offers an all-wheel drive powertrain and dual motors.

According to the company’s website, the “class-leading torsional stiffness…(and) rugged off-road capabilities allow for 54% hill start and 21% hill climb at full load,” again demonstrating the superior torque output of electric motoring. Similarly, the body is supported by a carbon-fibre reinforced steel space frame while there is sizeable storage possibility, both outside (1.3 square metres) and inside (0.51 square metres).

Apparently “inspired by nature,” the short overhangs and angular design also allows for easier and more dynamic manoeuvrability. All in all, the monster truck/bison head appearance makes the Havelaar pick-up a pretty cool-looking machine.

Havelaar also promises a range of 300 miles but, as yet has not offered detailed information on the vehicle’s battery capacity or the extent to which off-road driving may affect charge levels. However, the company has made it clear that the vehicle is dual use – touting the features as meeting “both the day-to-day work demands and active lifestyle needs of adventurers” – and that it features connectivity options, touch screen display and specially calibrated driver assistive technology. Furthermore, Havelaar’s manifesto on sustainability makes specific mention of the truck’s suitability for fleet and business use.

Source: Havelaar Canada
Source: Havelaar Canada

There is also a great deal of research behind the E-pick-up. The Havelaar Group is also participating in the project and work of the Havelaar Electric Vehicle Research Centre at the University of Toronto. The Bison certainly provides a new possibility for potential EV consumers looking for a hardy vehicle. Along with announcements from Bollinger and Workhorse, it seems as those arguing that EVs are not capable of off-road driving may finally be silenced.


Canadian club

Even more positively, the Canadian Government has agreed to outline a mandate encouraging policymakers, automakers, and consumers to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country. Ministers of the Transport and Innovation, Science, and Economic Development offices will collaborate on new goals by next year in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70% (of 2005 levels) before 2030.

Figures published by Environment and Climate Change Canada indicate that, in 2005, Canada was responsible for 738 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere. As of 2015, that level had dropped to 722 megatonnes. Evidently, the country has improved but still has a way to go if it wants to reach its target of 221 megatonnes in the next 12 years.

Emissions from vehicles account for 25% of Canada’s carbon dioxide out put meaning that the country really has to put the onus on changing the buying and usage behaviour of its residents to increase the number of alternative fuel and low emission vehicles on the road.

Promisingly, EV sales are on the rise, having increased by 56% on 2015 levels, and with total numbers reaching just under 30,000. Despite the rise, EVs still only account for less than 0.1% of the total number of vehicle registrations in Canada, so hopefully new products and better incentives will help to change this.


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