Most relevant to Canada is Volkswagen’s announcement for how it will spend the money it committed to making up for its misleading the public and industry regulators about the emissions compliance of its TDI diesel engines.
Electrify Canada is the name Volkswagen has given its plan to install 32 electric vehicle charging facilities in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Planned for 32 sites near major metro centres and highways, each facility will have four DC fast chargers that will deliver 50 to 350 kW to serve both today’s EVs and future models with larger batteries and longer driving range.
Electrify Canada has its home base in Ajax, Ontario, a town east of Toronto along the busy Highway 401 corridor. It will work with local vendors in the project’s four jurisdictions.
While VW’s investment is good news for proponents of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, sales of these vehicles are expected to take a hit in Ontario in the near future, where a new Conservative government earlier this month axed the province’s generous electrified vehicle purchase incentives.
VW Canada says its charging network should be open for business by mid-2019.
BMW to electrify its M performance division
Meanwhile, BMW says it will expand its electric vehicle efforts to the M Performance division that cranks out some of the company’s most exciting models.
Following on an announcement that the Bavarian automaker would electrify 40 per cent of its fleet by 2025, BMW revealed to Australia’s Car Advice that all of its M models will be at least partially motivated by electricity by the end of the next decade. That could mean anything from a mild hybrid system designed to boost full-throttle acceleration or fully electric models with performance to rival that of the Tesla Model S or Porsche’s forthcoming Taycan electric sport sedan.
But BMW is taking its EV development step-by-step, saying it won’t launch an electrified M car until it can do so without adversely affecting the car’s power-to-weight ratio. In other words, for an electric M car to work, it will have to be faster for its battery-powered drivetrain.
BMW’s current electrified vehicle portfolio consists of the i3 hatchback, i8 sporty coupe and the 530i, a plug-in hybrid version of the 5 Series sedan.