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Ontario EV Rebates Ending

Electric vehicle purchase incentives established by the Ontario Liberal government, funded in part by the carbon cap-and-trade program that the incoming Progressive Conservatives have cancelled, are ending. As part of its election mandate, the new government will be cancelling the province’s electric vehicle (EV) rebate program which offered rebates of up to $14,000 per EV to encourage the purchase of EV’s in the province.

This will effect about 20 electric and hydrogen fuelled models from 14 automakers including GM, BMW, Tesla and Ford, and was credited with contributing to the 120 percent increase in EV sales in the province in 2017 from the year prior. Eligible vehicles that have been delivered to consumers, registered and plated on or before July 11th will still receive the incentive as will dealer inventory and orders from OEMs made on or before the same date provided they are delivered, registered and plated by September 10th.

In addition the EV charging station incentive program will also be cancelled effective July 11th. Charge stations purchased and/or installed before this date will be eligible for the incentive if the application is submitted with sixty days of July 11th.


BCAA roadside assistance fleet adopts lockout app to reduce distracted driving

eBrake Technologies Inc. has partnered with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA).

The partnership will see BCAA's road assistance fleet drivers use the eBrake solution in their vehicles to advocate safety and raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

eBrake is a technology that automatically locks the driver's device when motion is detected but grants passengers unrestricted use. eBrake is currently available to fleets and insurance companies globally.

"BCAA and our drivers put safety first at all times and we are pleased to adopt the eBrake solution and encourage other fleet drivers to do the same," say Grant Stockwell, BCAA Senior VP and Chief Automotive Officer.

"We're extremely excited to join forces with an industry leader like BCAA that shares eBrake's vision of protecting roads, communities, and families against distracted driving," says Troy Spracklin, Founder & CEO of eBrake Technologies.

Distracted driving is now considered by most to be a global epidemic. Nearly 1.6 million people die and 50 million are injured each year from crashes due to distracted driving.

eBrake Technologies Inc. is a mobile application development company founded June 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.


Feds studying study effects of cannabis on drivers

Public Safety Canada is providing $919,065 over three years to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to help advance scientific knowledge on the impacts of cannabis on drivers ranging in age from 19 to 45.

Drug-impaired driving has been on the rise since police-reported data became available in 2009, and it is a major contributor to fatal road crashes in Canada. According to a 2017 Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction-led study, there is substantial evidence indicating that driving after cannabis-use increases collision risk significantly. However, more needs to be done to gather evidence on how exactly cannabis impacts drivers.

"While we have known for a long time that cannabis use affects our ability to drive, more in-depth and targeted knowledge is necessary to set limits for blood concentrations of THC," says professor Bruna Brands, research scientist, Health Canada and collaborating scientist, CAMH. This research will enable us to set such limits, comparable to those which were set for alcohol several decades ago."

Drug-impaired driving is illegal in Canada and will remain illegal after cannabis is legalized and regulated. The number and rate for almost all drug-impaired driving violations increased in 2016. In total there were 3,098 drug-impaired driving violations in 2016, 343 more than the previous year. Among Canadians who have used cannabis, 28 per cent reported having operated a vehicle while under the influence.

Law enforcement officers are trained to detect drug-impaired driving using Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation; and enforce drug-impaired driving laws. Since July 2008, under the Criminal Code, police can perform compulsory roadside checks and assessments, using Drug Recognition Experts, if they suspect a driver has drugs in their body. Failure to comply with the demand may result in criminal charges.

This study will use simulated driving to help:

  • Determine how increased levels of THC (the main active ingredient in cannabis) in blood and oral fluid can impact a driver, including his or her ability to anticipate hazards; level of risk-taking behaviour; reaction time; and position and speed on the road.
  • Identify differences that may exist between the ages and genders of drivers, THC levels and driving impairment.

The results of the study will further inform Government of Canada's policy on cannabis and driving, and public education and awareness material about the dangers of drug-impaired driving. The study will be completed by June 2020.


National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car win tech awards

Mobile app technology and consistent communication are just two areas where the National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands out-performed their competitors in Business Travel News (BTN) magazine's annual Car Rental Survey & Report. This is the fourth consecutive year the National and Enterprise brands placed first and second overall, respectively, with corporate travel buyers.

"We know our customers expect a total transportation solution that includes efficiency, quality of service and effective communication, so we've been working hard to provide a seamless experience that is consistent with those values," said Don Moore, vice-president of Business Rental Sales and Global Corporate Accounts for Enterprise Holdings, which owns the National and Enterprise brands.

National Car Rental earned top ratings in almost every category and grabbed the top spot as highest-rated car rental supplier with an overall score of 4.44 (out of 5.) Enterprise Rent-A-Car ranked just below National at 4.34 (out of 5), earning a second-place spot on the list.

Because technology is such an important part of the travel experience, this year's BTN survey included criteria on mobile app interfaces and capabilities for the first time.

"We recently revamped our apps to decrease the number of clicks and improve travelers' ability to select vehicles in advance," said Moore. The upgrade allows travel buyers to efficiently manage their ground transportation programs by offering tools that show the broader picture of total cost of ownership. "In addition to the app, we have a calculating tool that can determine when car rentals are more cost effective for the company versus employees using their own vehicles." 

With the National Car Rental app, travelers receive a single point of contact to manage all aspects of the rental experience from reservation to return. Everything from profiles to rewards can be tracked within, and at select airport locations, users can view real-time inventory and hold a specific vehicle while they are on their way. 

Additionally, Enterprise has focused on eliminating the administrative bottlenecks at the rental counter by providing mobile tablet technology that digitizes the rental transaction. The LaunchPad tablets provide a variety of situational awareness tools that quickly deliver rental options customers need. Whether it's transportation for an hour, a day, a week or longer, the streamlined administrative process creates a better customer experience and allows employees to engage more fully with them.


Pfaff Brand Portfolio Expands

Pfaff Automotive has expanded into Kitchener-Waterloo with their acquisition of Victoria Star Motors, a Mercedes-Benz dealership. The family owned Mercedes-Benz store has been serving customers for 25 years and in that time, have developed a reputation for great customer service and involvement in the community.

Pfaff has close ties with the Mercedes-Benz brand. Chris Pfaff, President and CEO of Pfaff Automotive Partners, got his start in the automotive industry working for the brand. “Mercedes-Benz Canada is extremely pleased to welcome Chris Pfaff to our family of retailers.  Chris has successfully represented high luxury automotive brands across the country for many decades. With the support of a highly qualified team already in place, I am very confident that the significant level of commitment and experience that Chris brings to Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo will ensure its sustained growth and continued success," said Brian D. Fulton, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Alkiers for their 25 excellent years of dedicated service at Victoria Star Motors.”


BMW Group Canada Grows

BMW Group Canada  Grows Wolfgang Baumann, Tracy Bulmer and Hans Blesse, BMW Group Canada celebrate the opening of the new regional distribution centre.

Tracy Bulmer, Director, Aftersales of BMW Group Canada welcomed guests to the official opening of BMW’s new Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in Mississauga, Ontario. The new RDC is an initiative out of BMW’s Strategy NUMBER ONE>NEXT, a strategic roadmap up to 2025. The facility is a crucial aspect of BMW’s vision which focus’s on improved efficiency in supply chain logistics and enhanced customer service.

BMW Group Canada  Grows Ian Sant, BMW Group Canada led a tour of the new facility.

“Canada is a unique market covering a large geographical area. We needed a modern distribution facility allowing us to deliver parts faster than our previous service offer,” said Hans Blesse, President and CEO of BMW Group Canada. “Faster deliveries mean less time away from your car and a more satisfying ownership experience – all top priorities for us.”

Ian Sant, RDC Manager led a tour of the new 284,000 square foot facility, which is 50% larger than the previous warehouse and will accommodate future expansion opportunities of up to 64,000 square feet. BMW has invested in the facility’s energy savings including motion sensor LED lighting to maintain the company’s commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Wolfgang Baumann, Vice President, Parts Logistics Management at the BMW Group thanked all attendees for celebrating today’s milestone for BMW Canada. “Canada is a very important market for the BMW Group globally, and as such we are very proud to have built this new facility. With such a significant product offensive in the coming months, BMW Group Canada is now well positioned to ensure it keeps up with growing customer demand.”


Grocer Pilots Driverless Delivery Service

Grocer Pilots Driverless Delivery Service

The Kroger Co. and Nuro have partnered to pilot on-the road, fully autonomous grocery delivery for the American public. Kroger is America’s largest supermarket retailer and Nuro, is the maker of the world’s first fully autonomous road vehicle.

The pair are working to redefine the grocery customer experience through enabling customers to place same-day delivery orders through Krogers ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s app, and the orders are then delivered by Nuro’s fleet of driverless vehicles. The pilot market will be announced soon and is expected to begin in the fall of this year.

"Unmanned delivery will be a game-changer for local commerce, and together with Kroger, we're thrilled to test this new delivery experience to bring grocery customers new levels of convenience and value," said Dave Ferguson, Co-Founder, Nuro. "Our safe, reliable, and affordable service, combined with Kroger's ubiquitous brand, is a powerful first step in our mission to accelerate the benefits of robotics for everyday life."


All-electric Single Seater Goes Through Compliance Testing

All-electric Single Seater Goes Through Compliance Testing

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp., a designer and manufacturer of electric vehicles, has revealed that their single-passenger, all-electric, three-wheeled SOLO car continues to go through dynamic laboratory safety testing in order to meet global safety standards. The company received its Federal Certification in the U.S. earlier this year, and is now moving forward with ongoing testing for compliance in countries around the world.

The global compliance testing is a multi-faceted series of tests, performed in several facilities, assessing the car's structural and functional integrity over numerous categories. Electra Meccanica has partnered with the most state-of-the-art organizations and facilities to ensure that the SOLO passes the most stringent safety requirements.

"Verifying the inherent safety features of the SOLO in laboratory conditions is a long, but rewarding journey for our company," stated Jerry Kroll, chairman and CEO of Electra Meccanica. "Going through this process allows the Company to gain knowledge and expertise in compliance that will allow us to improve upcoming vehicles in our product pipeline, including the Tofino, our all-electric sports car."

The SOLO is spec'd to a range of 160 km with a top speed of 130 kmh. It's charge time is three hours on a 220 volt charger and it's compatible with universal charging stations. The SOLO is priced at US$15,500 USD, and the company is taking deposits.


Amazon Helping Entrepreneurs To Provide Delivery Services

Amazon is launching a program to help entrepreneurs build their own companies by delivering Amazon packages. Amazon will take an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their own delivery business.

The e-commerce giant says owners can earn as much as US$300,000 in annual profit operating a fleet of up to 40 delivery vehicles. Individual owners can build their business knowing they will have delivery volume from Amazon, access to the company’s sophisticated delivery technology, hands-on training, and discounts on a suite of assets and services, including vehicle leases and comprehensive insurance.

Over time, Amazon envisions the program will drive hundreds of new, small business owners to hire tens of thousands of delivery drivers across the U.S., joining a robust existing community of traditional carriers, as well as small-and-medium-sized businesses that already employ thousands of drivers delivering Amazon packages.

“I had prior experience running my own business but not in logistics,” said Olaoluwa Abimbola, one of Amazon’s beta participants in the new offering. “In just five months, I have hired more than 40 employees."

The offering provides technology and operational support to individuals with little to no logistics experience the opportunity to run their own delivery business. To help keep startup costs as low as $10,000, entrepreneurs will also have access to a variety of exclusively negotiated discounts on Amazon-branded vehicles customized for delivery, branded uniforms, fuel, comprehensive insurance coverage, and more.

“We have great partners in our traditional carriers and it’s exciting to continue to see the logistics industry grow,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “Customer demand is higher than ever and we have a need to build more capacity. As we evaluated how to support our growth, we went back to our roots to share the opportunity with small-and-medium-sized businesses. We are going to empower new, small businesses to form in order to take advantage of the growing opportunity in e-commerce package delivery.”


Fleet Cell Signal Booster

Wilson Electronics just launched the weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet- a powerful cell signal booster specially designed for fleet vehicles. The technology boosts 4G LTE and 3G signals for all cellular devices in the fleet vehicles, enabling employees to stay connected, more effective vehicle tracking, improved call quality and mobile payment processing. The cell signal booster is compatible with all U.S wireless carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and more.

The Drive 4G-X Fleet’s kit includes a high-performance New Motorola (NMO) antenna, which requires professional installation. This powerful antenna enables the maximum Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-approved 50 decibel (dB) system gain, which enhances 4G LTE and 3G network signals up to 32 times. The cell signal booster is available for purchase at weBoost.com for $499.99 and comes with a two-year warranty.

“Fleet vehicles are always on the move, but unfortunately, a good cell signal is not always available, making it difficult for fleet operators to stay connected,” said Bruce Lancaster, CEO at Wilson Electronics. “More of today’s fleets rely on cellular systems to maintain efficient operations. We designed the weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet specifically for fleet vehicles so teams can enjoy stronger cell signal for uninterrupted data and voice connectivity, helping their businesses serve their customers more effectively.”


12 New Charging Stations For Nova Scotia

12 New Charging Stations For Nova Scotia

FLO was selected to install and operate 12 fast-charging stations and level 2 charging stations for Nova Scotia Power across Nova Scotia. This project is intended to advance the province’s existing charging infrastructure and address crucial needs to support electric vehicle adoption in Nova Scotia.

The charging equipment and operate the stations will be part of the Canada-wide FLO Network that includes more than 4,500 charging locations around the country.

The 12 fast charging stations are strategically located in convenient locations near highways to enable EV drivers to easily travel throughout the province, free of range anxiety. The sites are located at:

  • Shell – 87 Starrs Rd, Yarmouth, NS B5A 2T5
  • Digby – 110 Warwick St, Digby, NS B0V 1A0
  • Coldbrook Sobeys Fast Fuel – 7203 Nova Scotia Trunk 1, Coldbrook, NS B4R 1A2
  • Shelburne Sobeys Fast Fuel – 90 Ohio Rd, Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
  • Liverpool Sobeys – 180 Bristol Ave, Liverpool, NS B0T 1K0
  • Bridgewater Best Western Plus – 527 Highway 10 Exit 12, Bridgewater, NS B4V 7P4
  • Elmsdale Sobeys – 267 NS-214, Elmsdale, NS B2S 1K1
  • Debert Masstown Market – 10619 Hwy 2, Debert, NS B0M 1G0
  • Stellarton Sobeys Fast Fuel – 130 N Foord St, Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
  • Monastery PetroCan – 10125 NS-4, Monastery, NS B0H 1W0
  • Baddeck Lynwood Inn – 441 Shore Rd, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
  • North Sydney Sobeys – 116 King St, North Sydney, NS B2A 3R7
  • All sites are expected to be operational by the end of the month.

Funding for the project is provided by Natural Resources Canada, Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power’s parent company and the Government of Nova Scotia.

Before this deployment, Nova Scotia had only two universal fast-charging stations. These new stations will not only facilitate travels within the province, but also across the Maritimes. EV drivers will be able to connect with New Brunswick's eCharge Network, one of FLO's partner networks, which includes more than a dozen fast charging stations across the province.

All of the FLO charging locations can be found on its interactive map; availability can be seen in real time using the FLO mobile app.


Driver Behaviour Leading Cause Of Violations

The OPP and Ministry of Transportation jointly laid close to 700 charges against commercial drivers during a 24 hour truck safety blitz campaign known as Operation Corridor. The majority of charges were related to driver behaviour and error. “The majority of truck drivers are professionals who follow the law every day. Initiatives like Operation Corridor help focus attention to the drivers who need it, while leaving law-abiding drivers to conduct their daily business.” Said Stephen Laskowski, president and CEO of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).

The Association says results highlight how most commercial drivers violations are related to driver behaviour, which have a higher correlation to crash risk, rather than mechanical fitness, which, according to the OTA is a factor in less than 2 percent of collisions involving trucks.

Charges laid during Operation Corridor include:

  • Speeding: 226
  • Equipment issues: 176
  • Seatbelts: 107
  • Speed limiters: 38
  • Hours of Service: 31
  • Distracted driving: 28
  • Hazardous moving violations: 30
  • Following too close: 18

Vincentric Canadian Fleet Value Awards

The 7th annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada Awards were announced June 26th. General Motors of Canada had eight winning vehicles and Ford Motor Company finished with 6 fleet award winners. BMW, Mazda and Mercedes-Benz also had multiple vehicle wins.

The GM award winners were courtesy of Chevrolet, with six winning vehicles including the 4- time champion Impala LS and 3-time winner Chevrolet Express 3500 LS. Cadillac XTS won for a third consecutive year and the XT5 for the second year in a row. Fords F-250 and Transit 150 Passenger Van both triumphed for their fourth consecutive year wins.

“With nearly half of the vehicles being prior winners, we’re seeing that many of these award- winning fleet vehicles are delivering low lifecycle costs year after year in Canada" said Vincentric President David Wurster. "Despite that consistency for some vehicles, market dynamics are always changing which is why it is always best for fleet operators to use current cost-of-ownership data to make informed vehicle acquisition decisions.”

For a complete list of this years Vincentric winners click here.


Ram Classic 1500 Targets Commercial Buyers

Ram Truck has branded its legacy 2019 Half-ton pick up “Classic” to sell alongside the all new Ram 1500 at North American dealers through the 2018 calendar year. “As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”

The Classic will be available in five trim levels, ST, Tradesman, Express, SLT and Special Services Vehicle (SST). Ram Classic buyers can also pick two new packages. The SXT Plus is available on the ST trim level that includes chrome bumpers, body colour front facia, fog lamps and new for ST, dual exhaust on V8 models and 20” chrome wheels. The Express Blackout Package is available on all Express trim exterior colours and includes black wheels, headlight bezels and badging.

Available in 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, the Classic is powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6, or optional 5.7L Hemi V-8 engine.

There are three cabs and bed lengths for the 2019 Classic. The Regular Cab comes with an 8 or 6 ft, 4 in. bed, the Quad Cab with a 6ft, 4 in. bed, a Crew Cab 5ft, 7 in. short bed, or optional 6 ft, 4in. bed. The Ram 1500 Classic will be available in the fourth quarter of 2018.


Ontario Has Zero Tolerance For Impaired Commercial Drivers

Effective July 1st, 2018, the Ontario Highway Traffic Act will be amended to address issues of impaired driving, distracted driving and vulnerable road user safety. These amendments are to be put into place between July 1st and January 1st, 2019 and affect regulations enacted under the Cannabis, Smoke-free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, Schedule 4 and the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act.

The new zero tolerance measures for commercial drivers starts July 1st. To be compliant with the law, drivers must have a blood alcohol content of zero-measured at 0.02- and equivalent blood drug content as detected by an oral fluid screening device when driving a commercial vehicle. Penalties for not complying include license suspensions, administrative monetary penalties and risk of jail time.

Zero tolerance drug sanctions will also be effective starting July 1st, 2018, but will not be enforced until the Federal Minister of Justice approves and authorizes the use of approved drug screening equipment. These zero tolerance sanctions prohibiting commercial vehicles from having the presence of drug or alcohol in their body apply to commercial vehicles defined as

  • A vehicle requiring a A,B,C,D,E or F licence to operate;
  • A road building machine;
  • A vehicle that requires a Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration (CVOR)

Medical cannabis users may be exempted from zero tolerance sanctions but may still face penalties if a police officer determines their driving ability is impaired.


Ford Hits Emissions Reduction Target Early

As part of its 19th annual Sustainability Report, the Ford Motor Company announced it had reached its manufacturing emissions target eight years ahead of schedule. “We are proud of the work we have done to achieve this goal,” said Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labour affairs. We’ve made several improvements, all of which played a role in dramatically reducing our CO2 footprint.”

Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes, including introducing wet on wet paint application technology that significantly reduces energy use and installing more than 100,00 LED light fixtures at its manufacturing facilities.

Ford remains focused on reducing emissions further by investing $11 billion to put 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicle models on the road by 2022.


Audi and Hyundai Combine On Fuel Cell Development

Audi and Hyundai Combine On Fuel Cell Development

Hyundai Motor Group and Audi AG have entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) components and technologies. Hyundai and Audi’s affiliates will also equally share the patent licences over the years to come. The duration has not yet been disclosed.

The agreement includes mutual access to fuel cell components, such as Hyundai’s ix35 Fuel Cell as well as NEXO. Hyundai is the world’s first mass producer of fuel cell vehicles and has been offering SUV-Class FCEVs since 2013.

Hyundai Mobis (Mobis), the companies leading FCEV’s components manufacturer, became the first company in the world to establish an integrated production system for core components of FCEVs. Their production plant in South Korea, has a production capacity of 3,000 powertrain fuel cell complete (PFC) modules per year. Mobis will raise the plant’s capacity based on market demand.

“The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future,” said Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. “On our FCEV roadmap, we are joining forces with strong partners such as Hyundai. For the breakthrough of this sustainable technology, cooperation is the smart way to leading innovations with attractive cost structures.”

To see the full press release visit Hyundai.com


WHEELS WINS AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS

Wheels, Inc was named the winner of Stevie awards in four categories in the 16th Annual American Business Awards.

Wheels’ Mobile Assistant app was awarded a Gold Stevie in the Business/Government category and Bronze in the New Product or Service of the Year, Software category. Additionally, the company’s Supply Management approach earned a Silver Stevie in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category, and the Integration Services team received a Bronze Stevie in the Customer Service Department of the Year category.

“We’ve recently introduced several innovative product and process enhancements designed to deliver an even more outstanding experience for our clients,” said Ahsan Rahim, Chief Operating Officer at Wheels. “It’s an honour to be recognized with a Stevie Award at each level – Gold, Silver and Bronze for our accomplishments and commitment to providing exceptional customer service.”

The Mobile Assistant app enables drivers of company-provided fleet vehicles to view important fleet-related information, perform record-keeping tasks and more on their mobile devices. By leveraging advanced machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality the app significantly reduces the amount of time needed to complete routine tasks, resulting in improved driver productivity.

Wheels’ data-driven approach to supply management emphasizes partnering with suppliers to encourage end-to-end process ownership and continuous improvement. Supplier scorecards capture metrics such as cost, quality, risk, and data security and are used to monitor and benchmark suppliers’ performance, which leads to reduced costs and significantly improved performance, quality, and delivery for clients.

Another innovation Wheels rolled out this year was its enhanced Custom Process Request process. The company’s integration services team created a quality-engineered strategic framework for addressing custom requests. The process allows the team to support clients’ business objectives while enhancing organizational alignment and data quality.

The American Business Awards recognize sales, business development, contact centre, and customer service. More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition. Final judging was performed by a select committee of more than 200 executives from businesses worldwide.


Uber launches EV promotion in Montreal

Uber Canada has launched UberÉLECTRIQUE in Montreal in partnership with the l'Association des véhicules électriques du Québec (AVEQ) and Electric Mobility Canada (EMC). Working with close to 100 driver-partners who currently operate an electric vehicle (EV) on the Uber platform and leveraging the expertise of AVEQ and EMC, Uber will assess the opportunities and challenges of electrification in ridesharing. Uber will also promote awareness to hundreds of thousands of Montreal riders and drivers on the benefits of clean mobility solutions.

Uber will be deploying EV educational materials to a large part of the Montreal population who use the service. When requesting an Uber, riders will now receive an in-app notification when they have been paired with an EV. Once in the car, an AVEQ fact sheet will be offered to riders so they can learn more about the benefits of electric mobility. And, after each EV trip, riders will receive an email containing additional educational info on EVs.

During visits to the Uber partner centre, driver-partners will also receive an AVEQ booklet, on the economic, technical and environmental benefits of EVs, encouraging them to consider an EV when making their next car purchase. An AVEQ Gold Membership will be offered free-of-charge to UberÉLECTRIQUE's first 100 driver-partners.

In addition, Uber is making a series of in-app product improvements specifically for EV driver-partners. Starting now, the threshold for EV partners to be notified about a long-distance trip request will be reduced, helping them to better balance extended trips with car battery life.

"We are proud that Montréal has been chosen for the launch of the UberÉLECTRIQUE program and we look forward to contributing to the electrification of transportation in Quebec with the support of experts from the Association des véhicules électriques du Québec and Electric Mobility Canada," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, spokesperson for Uber Canada.

"Uber and other international experts in sustainable mobility believe that the future of urban mobility needs to be shared, electric and autonomous; today's announcement is another step towards this goal, which will reduce congestion and pollution, while offering a reliable alternative to driving your personal vehicle."

The program will also include roundtables for the drivers to discuss the challenges of using an EV for ridesharing. Uber will be sharing data with its two partners to help shape policies that support the expansion of EV ridesharing.

"We are pleased to see a player like Uber turn to the electrification of transport, which will allow even more Montrealers to be aware of the economic and environmental benefits of electric cars," said Simon-Pierre Rioux, president of AVEQ.


New carbon regulations for heavy-duty vehicles

The federal government has announced new carbon-pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, starting in 2020. By reducing emissions from school buses, transport tractors and trailers, garbage trucks, delivery vans, and larger pick-up trucks, these regulations are intended reduce pollution and improve health, the environment ministry said in a statement.

The regulations will also reduce trucking costs for moving goods in Canada, helping the transportation sector become more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually, by 2030, and by reducing the cost of transporting goods and materials to customers in Canada and in international markets. The approach will keep Canada globally competitive while protecting the environment.

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) supports introducing more stringent Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) Standards for heavy duty vehicles for model years 2021-2027. These standards, which are aligned with those in the United States, will deliver another material transportation-related emission reduction toward Canada's climate change and emission reduction objectives, the association said.

"Vehicle manufacturers are spending hundreds of billions of dollars bringing new fuel saving technologies, including electric vehicles to market that will continue to significantly reduce GHG and criteria emissions from new light and heavy duty on-road vehicles," said Mark Nantais, CVMA president. "Canada can further capitalize on the largest opportunity for near-term GHG reductions, improved air quality and more comprehensive vehicle safety performance using policies which will accelerate the turnover of older vehicles in the existing on-road vehicle fleet."

In Canada, carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles has almost tripled since 1990. Currently, it accounts for nine percent of emissions in this country. These regulations are intended to decrease the growth of carbon pollution from this part of the transportation sector.

Reducing pollution from heavy-duty vehicles is also an important part of Canada's clean-growth and climate action plan. The new standards for heavy-duty vehicles will reduce carbon pollution by approximately six million tonnes a year by 2030, which is comparable to taking about 1.5 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Canada's regulations are designed to promote innovation and provide flexibility to industry to choose the most cost-effective compliance options. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and operating costs.


First Retail Hydrogen Refuelling Station Opens in Canada

Shell and Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) have opened Canada’s first retail hydrogen refuelling station. The station, located at 8686 Granville Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first of three sites that Shell and HTEC plan to open in the Vancouver area. “These are early days for hydrogen in Canada, but we believe hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have the potential to be an important part of a future low carbon transport system.Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity and produce only heat and water when driven, resulting in zero emissions.

Hyundai Canada, a founding member of the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Coalition of automakers, participated in the official opening ceremonies. "Hyundai Auto Canada has long believed that Hydrogen is the best way forward to a greener future of transportation. As it only takes five minutes to fill up and has a range of nearly 600 km, Hydrogen is the alternative fuel that best fits the lives of Canadians," said Don Romano, President and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada.


Foss National Leasing & LeasePlan Canada Partner With SiriusXM

SiriusXM Canada has announced a partnership with Foss National Leasing and LeasePlan Canada, offering the audio entertainment service to the FMC's clients. The new program will give drivers access to preferred pricing on SiriusXM subscriptions as well as complimentary trials on qualified vehicles. "We are constantly seeking new ways to improve our drivers' experience in the car and we know that being able to offer SiriusXM will do just that," said Basil Marcus, Director, New Business Development & Marketing, Foss National Leasing. "Fleet drivers spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel and having access to the diverse programming of SiriusXM will help to keep them entertained and informed."

"We are very excited to partner with Foss and LeasePlan, who are one of the leading fleet management companies in Canada and globally," said Paul Cunningham, SVP, Sales & Marketing, SiriusXM Canada. "Our Fleet Program is a new and emerging area of our business and we know that our incredible content provides great value for fleet drivers."

To learn more about SiriusXM Fleet Programs visit: fleet.siriusxm.ca.


NOVA BUS LANDS ITS LARGEST ORDER FROM QUEBEC

Nova Bus Lands Its Largest Order From Quebec

Transit bus manufacturer Nova Bus has won the collective contract for Quebec's transit authorities, coordinated by Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ). The five-year contract, covering the period from 2020 to 2024, calls for the delivery of 497 40-foot hybrid buses LFS HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles) and up to 1,028 vehicles on option to the transit authorities serving Quebec's nine largest cities. This is the largest order in Nova Bus history to date.

The contract awarded by STM on behalf of Quebec's nine transit authorities is now subject to government approval to confirm the financing of the buses.

"We are very happy to have been selected following a stringent procurement process. Quebec is our natural market and the basis of our reach across North America. For over 20 years, we have created an ecosystem around our business, including a significant network of Quebec and North American suppliers, which enables us to proudly offer transit users high quality, reliable, and durable buses, built and assembled entirely in Quebec. This is Quebec expertise serving the people of Quebec," said Martin Larose, Vice President and General Manager of Nova Bus.

The contract helps consolidate jobs at Nova Bus's Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac plants, which handle the final assembly and manufacturing of the vehicle chassis and other components, respectively. These activities help meet Canadian content requirements as called for by the Quebec government.

"This contract is great news, both for Nova Bus and for the regions of Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac," added Nova Bus president Ralph Acs. "We are happy to be able to, among other things, contribute to improving Montreal's public transit, as promised by the municipal administration."

To ensure full compliance, Nova Bus met every requirement in the call for tenders. "We remain convinced that our experience, expertise, and manufacturing ecosystem make Nova Bus highly competitive in Quebec and more broadly across North America," added Larose.


WHEELS ONE OF “CHICAGO’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST”

Wheel’s Inc. , a fleet management company, was named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in 2018 by the National Associations of Business Resources (NABR). The award recognizes companies that display a commitment to excellence in employee enrichment and employee satisfaction. Communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention are just some of the criteria used to determine the winner of the award. This is the 9th consecutive year that Wheels has been selected as a “Best and Brightest” company.

“At Wheels, our goal has always been to continuously create an engaging workplace environment for all employees,” said Mary Formosa, Vice President of Human Resources at Wheels. “Employees feel meaningfully and personally connected to their work and the company. This high level of employee satisfaction is a key factor in being able to successfully attract and retain the best employees, which allows us to better serve our clients.”


Geotab Acquires FleetCarma

At the Geotab Connect 2018 conference, Geotab announced its acquisition of clean-tech solutions provider, FleetCarma. The EV focused team at FleetCarma is based within Waterloo, Ontario and specializes in providing telematics for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The acquisition demonstrates Geotab’s commitment to investing in telematics for EVs, and positions Geotab as the global, dominant telematics player for electric vehicle fleet management. In addition, the acquisition will empower utility companies to better manage EV charging, accelerate the world-wide adoption of EVs and provide communities with an end-to-end solution for EV management and infrastructure planning.

“Combining FleetCarma’s unique EV telematics capabilities with Geotab’s proven open-platform solution is exactly what our customers want and the industry needs,” stated Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma. “Together, as we continue to drive electric vehicle adoption, we will provide a complete solution that will not only benefit customers, but society as well.”


Fiat Chrysler Charts Green Course

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler unveiled FCA’s investment of 10.5 billion dollars in electric vehicles during his presentation of the automobile manufacturer’s business plan for the next 5 years. The investment is a response to the growing market demand for gas-electric hybrids and fully electric vehicles.

All new models for the Jeep, Maserati and Alfa Romeo brands launched in the next five years will have some version of electrified powertrains, while phasing out diesel engines on all passenger vehicles by 2021. Diesel will continue to be available on FCA’s light commercial vehicles (LCV), while Ram Trucks will limit its alternative powertrains to a high-end premium truck, the TRX.

Most of the electric vehicle powertrains will appear in dealerships in 2020 and more than 30 nameplates will use one or move EV systems by 2022.

FCA's emissions strategy is based on a mix of smaller turbo engines, mild hybrids, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full-electric vehicles. Hybrid and high-voltage EVs in the U.S will account for 35 percent of FCA group vehicles sold in 2022 according to Mark Chernoby, the automakers chief technical officer.

“Reducing our dependence on oil is one of the single, greatest challenges that our society faces,” Marchionne commented during his presentation. “At FCA, we believe there is no single solution, no magic formula, to solve this problem. We believe to achieve a quantum leap, the entire system — political, economic and industrial — needs to work together with the right measure of realism based on finding the appropriate balance between consumption levels, cost and efficiency.”


Daimler Presents New Electric Trucks

Daimler Trucks announced in June of this year that it is establishing a global organization for e-mobility as well as presented two new, fully-electric trucks from Freightliner, its leading U.S truck brand. The first is the new Freightliner eCascadia heavy duty electric truck used for long distance operations. The second, a fully-electric variant of the Freightliner eM2 106 that covers the medium truck segment (9 to 12t GVW). Daimler will hand over a fleet of around 30 electric trucks to its first customers in the United States in the course of this year.

The Freightliner eCascadia’s batteries provide enough energy for a range of up to 400km and can be recharged to around 80 percent within 90 minutes to cover a further 320km. The Freightliner eM2 is intended for local distribution operations and last mile delivery services. The eM2 provides 325KWh for up to 480p. It will have a range of approximately 370km with a recharge to 80% within 60 minutes, sufficient for a range of around 300km.

The new E-Mobility group unit (EMG) will, across all brands and divisions, define the strategy for electric components, complete electric vehicles, and develop a standardized, global electric architecture similar to Daimler Truck’s global platform strategy for conventional engines and drive components.

Martin Daum, member of the Daimler Board of Management for Trucks and Buses, stated: “We are the undisputed global leader of the trucking industry and we intend to remain in that position with electric trucks and buses. We were first-movers on electric trucks and strive to set the standard in each relevant segment. With the formation of our new global E-Mobility Group, we will maximize the impact of our investments in this key strategic technology. Thus, we can pursue the best solutions in batteries, charging solutions and energy management.”


ENTERPRISE HIRING CANADIAN GRADS AND INTERNS

Enterprise Hiring Canadian Grads And Interns
Enterprise Holdings Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Christine Taylor cutting the tie off her father, Executive Chairman Andy Taylor, marking the end of a 60-year Enterprise tradition.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations across Canada plan to hire 500 college and university graduates into the Enterprise Management Training program and 100 interns into the Management Internship program this year.

Enterprise Holdings Inc. operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, as well as National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises. These regional subsidiaries employ 100,000 worldwide, including 5,400 across Canada.

Following on strong growth in 2017, Enterprise now has a fleet of 98,000 vehicles in Canada and its total economic impact reached approximately $3 billion in this country.

To support this growth, Enterprise branch offices hire thousands of college-educated men and women into the Enterprise Management Training program each year. This program teaches employees how to run a business, empower teams and provide excellent face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks of the program include extensive training in a wide range of business skills, including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales, and operational logistics.

A key part of the Enterprise culture is a strong promote-from-within philosophy that’s been driven over the years by the Enterprise Management Training program, which has been consistently successful in developing new hires into the next generation of business leaders.

In fact, most of the company’s top executives got their start in the Management Training program, including Enterprise Holdings’ President and Chief Executive Officer Pam Nicholson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Christine Taylor, and Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation Carolyn Kindle Betz.

Enterprise’s culture encourages success among Management Trainees, allowing them to move up in the company quickly based on their performance and work ethic. In 2017, more than 16,000 Enterprise, National and Alamo employees were promoted or took on new challenges in various positions throughout the world, contributing to new opportunities for existing Management Trainees and the need to add even more talented employees.

And for the first time, ties are not required.

“This more flexible dress code is in line with our evolving work environment and represents our commitment to our employees, whose feedback prompted this change,” said Shelley Roither, Vice President of Human Resources at Enterprise Holdings.

“The new dress code will enable our teams to take care of their customers while still maintaining a professional image.” .


Toyota and Lexus Dominate Vincentric Awards

Toyota and Lexus Canada took home 14 Vincentric Best Value in Canada Awards for 2018, more than any other automotive manufacturer.

Vehicles recognized for the awards are compared against competitors in the same segments and receive points for having lower than expected ownership costs. Total cost of ownership is measured using eight cost factors: depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity costs and repairs.


DRIVER TRAINING PROVIDER EXPANDS

Advanced Driver Training Services (ADTS), a provider of driver safety training services and products, has expanded its driver training services across Canada. The company says the expansion will improve service and consistency of the student experience across North America for organizations seeking to reduce fleet collisions.

ADTS services include the full-day Driver Skill Enhancement program (combining classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction), training for high-risk drivers, seminars, post-incident coaching, online training and other services.

“For companies with fleet drivers in both the U.S. and Canada, the ability to work with a single driver safety training provider with experienced instructors who are local to each country is a significant advantage,” says Karl New, ADTS president. All ADTS instructors are former or current enforcement professionals with extensive experience in traffic safety laws, motor vehicle operation and driving risk.

For more about ADTS go to www.adtsweb.com or contact the company at 1-800-486-ADTS or info@adtsweb.com.


Hyundai debuts NEXO in Vancouver

Hyundai debuts NEXO in Vancouver
Surrey City Mayor Linda Hepner stands alongside Faizan Agha, Manager, Electric Vehicles, Product and Corporate Strategy, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., and Surrey City Councillor, Mike Starchuk in front of NEXO, the newest fuel cell vehicle from Hyundai. (CNW Group/Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.)

Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. introduced its NEXO next-generation fuel cell vehicle a ride-and-drive event in Vancouver last month in collaboration with The Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Coalition of automakers.

Elected municipal and provincial government officials had the chance to drive the NEXO and to see the benefits of using fuel cell technology in vehicles. They were also educated on how using this technology in automobiles can help contribute to a cleaner environment.

Fuel cell vehicles run on advanced fuel cell technology that uses hydrogen. When hydrogen and oxygen are combined in the fuel cell stack, electricity is produced via an electrochemical reaction. The only by-products of this process are water vapour and power, resulting in vehicles that yield zero-emissions.

"Hyundai is the first automotive manufacturer to bring two generations of fuel cell vehicles to the Canadian market – first with the Tucson fuel cell, and now the all-new NEXO," said Don Romano, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. "The launch of NEXO reinforces Hyundai Motor Group's plan to bring 18 eco-friendly vehicles to global markets by 2025 to help pave the way for a greener future."

NEXO can be refueled with hydrogen in as little as five minutes, with an estimated range of more than 600 km on a single charge. In addition to NEXO and the Tucson fuel cell, Hyundai's eco-range also includes the IONIQ, a vehicle that's powered by one of three different electrified powertrain options in a single model (hybrid, electric and electric plus).

Events such as last month's ride-and-drive highlight the need for more infrastructure to support hydrogen-powered vehicles, as well as the importance of having continued support from government and industry leaders.


Deutschland's Diesel Days Done?

According to an article in the New York Times, Hamburg has become the first city in Germany to restrict diesel vehicles, banning them on two roads. The move demonstrates the country’s growing opposition to the fuel, despite the country’s invention of the diesel engine.

The decision followed a federal court ruling making it legal for local authorities to prohibit the use of older diesel engines. Concerns over the use of diesel stem from health and environmental concerns. Authorities will actively check vehicles and can issue fines to drivers found violating the rules.

The VDA, an association representing Germany’s automobile industry believes “ the natural renewal of modern and clean diesel vehicles on its own will lead to a significant increase in air quality in the coming years.”


Investment Grows in General Motors Autonomous Business

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors Cruise autonomous vehicle unit, further strengthening the company’s plans to commercialize AV technology at a large scale. “Our Cruise and GM teams have made tremendous progress over the last two years”, said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Teaming up with SoftBank adds an additional strong partner as we pursue our vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” GM will also invest a further $1.1 billion in Cruise.


FIRST CONVERTED ELECTRIC TRUCK FOR AÉROPORTS DE MONTRÉAL

A Ford F-150 converted to electric drive by Ecotuned Automobile is making the rounds at Aéroports de Montréal (ADM). The truck is the first for ADM and will be used daily to travel around the area, inspect runways and supervise outdoor work teams during specific activities, including snow removal.

With a lifespan of one million kilometres, the reusable electric drive system installed in this light truck will lower GHGs by up to nine tonnes annually. ADM also expects savings of 80 percent in the vehicle's operating costs and 50 percent in maintenance costs.

Established in 2011, Ecotuned Automobile specializes in the electric conversion of light and medium trucks with a patented technology that is unique on the market. It allows for faster electrification of a vehicle fleet and reduces the greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with fuel combustion and the scrapping and production of new trucks. The company will soon begin production at its new plant in Varennes, Quebec.

"We are pleased to count ADM among the top 10 companies participating in our project to convert polluting trucks into electric vehicles. The technology that we have developed is unique in the world and combines economic profitability, technological innovation and environmental protection efforts. This contributes to sustainable development in the field of automotive transport," said Andy Ta , president of Ecotuned.

The ADM electrified vehicle is part of a broader sustainable transportation and transport electrification action plan aimed at making ADM an innovative change agent in the fight against climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

In recent months, ADM has introduced various actions to improve its environmental record:

  • Since November 2017, 70 percent of the fleet of 365 taxis operating at Montréal-Trudeau has been composed of hybrid vehicles, resulting in a reduction of nearly 8,700 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 2,630 cars off the road.
  • ADM has significantly increased the number of charging stations on its site. By the fall of 2018, 56 terminals will be made available to users, doubling the 28 currently in service.
  • In the summer of 2018, ADM will add an eco-bus to its vehicle fleet to transport passengers to remote parking lots.

"Sustainable development has become an essential condition for the success of organizations and Aéroports de Montréal is committed to this new reality. In this regard, ADM's commitment is resulting in concrete actions. In 2017, we invested more than $2.8 million in environmental protection projects which, like this initiative, are making a difference in our day-to-day operations," said Martin Massé, vice-president, public affairs, ADM.



MOST TRUSTED AUTOMOTIVE BRANDS
AMCI Global has announced the winners of its second annual Trusted Automotive Brand Study. For the second year in a row both Kia and Genesis are award winners.

“Building trust is never easy. It takes years of delivering great vehicles and standing behind those vehicles with an industry-leading warranty and a dealer network that’s devoted to customer service,” said William (Bill) Peffer, Vice President, Sales Operations, Kia Motors America. “It’s an honor for Kia to have ranked as one of the most trusted non-luxury automotive brands two years running.”

Award winners for 2018 included:
Most Trusted Luxury – Genesis, INFINITI, Tesla
Most Improved Luxury – Acura, INFINITI, Mercedes-Benz
Most Trusted Non-Luxury – Chevrolet, GMC, Kia
Most Improved Non-Luxury – Chevrolet, Honda, Volkswagen

INFINITI was the most improved as well as one of the most trusted brands. Chevrolet was the other brand to be both most improved and most trusted.

"Delivering a truly exceptional luxury experience — from the moment a customer walks in the door, throughout the entire ownership cycle — is our top priority," said Matt Wilson, Director, Global INFINITI Client Experience. "INFINITI's success in this study is a direct reflection of the mission of both our brand and our exceptional retailers to keep customer satisfaction at the heart of everything we do."

The awards are based on collaboration with C Space, a customer agency, and use a sample of 2,500 owners across 34 brands. The study confirmed that trust accounts for over 50 per cent of customers decision to either repurchase a vehicle or recommend the brand to others.

“We are very pleased to see more automotive brands focusing on trust but there is a lot more work to be done. The top automotive brands Trust Indices are still below 50 on a 100 point scale and lag behind many other familiar consumer product and retail categories” said Dave White, President, AMCI Inside.



PAY AS YOU GO INSURANCE
CAA Insurance Company has introduced CAA MyPace, allowing motorists to pay for auto insurance based on mileage.

"We believe that insurance options should be designed based on individual lifestyles and the various stages of people's lives," said Matthew Turack, President, CAA Insurance. "People should be able to access the insurance they need, when they need it at a price and payment schedule that works for them. CAA MyPace brings Ontario motorists one step closer to that reality."

Drivers need to enroll with CAA Insurance to get a policy. Next, they install the MyPace telematics device into the vehicle, which connects to a mobile app or web portal. It allows drivers to monitor how much they drive and pay for their insurance accordingly. Drivers start with a base rate and are charged for every 1,000 kilometres travelled. A notification is sent each time a kilometre increment is nearing and the system automatically resets for the next 1,000 km.

"Over the last number of years, auto insurance has been front of mind for a lot of Ontarians," said Elliott Silverstein, Manager, Government Relations, CAA South Central Ontario. "Today's announcement provides an additional layer of choice for those who are low-mileage drivers and marks an important step in the modernization of insurance in Ontario."

CAA expects MyPace to be available in Ontario later this summer.


FORD GETS ITS WAZE
Owners of Ford vehicles with SYNC 3 can now project Waze onto the touch screen using AppLink and can control it with voice commands.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device,” said Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Motor Company. “With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen.”

Users need to connect an iPhone that has Waze on it to the USB port, and use SYNC AppLink to access its features on the display. Waze voice guidance is now heard through vehicle speakers and microphone.

“We’re excited drivers of Ford SYNC 3-enabled vehicles will now be able to use Waze for iOS right from their dashboard, getting access to features like planned drives, alternative routes, talk to Waze voice commands and more,” said Jens Baron, product lead, in-car applications, Waze. “They’ll also benefit from the best routes and most accurate ETAs, thanks to our global community of drivers on the go who update the map in real-time – helping our mission to one day eliminate traffic.”


CAR2GO TORONTO SERVICE SUSPENDED
As of May 31, 2018, car2go will no longer operate in Toronto, Ontario. The company decided to suspend operations after a decision was made by Toronto city council to pass an amended free-floating carshare pilot project.

“Despite our best efforts over a nearly six-year collaboration with the City of Toronto to establish an effective regulatory framework for free-float carshare, City Councilors have passed a heavily restricted pilot that ultimately weakens mobility options for Torontonians,” said Paul DeLong, CEO, car2go North America. “Other cities around the world – including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary – have fully embraced our service because of the numerous economic and quality of life benefits free-float carsharing brings to their cities. It’s obvious that Toronto City Council did not take the time to learn from other cities how to establish effective free-float carshare policy.”

car2go Toronto vehicles will be re-allocated to other car2go cities in Canada.


UBER ENDS AUTONOMOUS OPERATIONS IN ARIZONA
Uber has decided to wind down its self-driving operations in Arizona. It is not planning on shutting down its self-driving program and plans to resume operations in Pittsburgh this summer. Uber is continuing its efforts in San Francisco, Toronto, and Pittsburgh engineering hubs.

“We’re committed to self-driving technology, and we look forward to returning to public roads in the near future. In the meantime, we remain focused on our top-to-bottom safety review, having brought on former NTSB Chair Christopher Hart to advise us on our overall safety culture,” said an Uber spokesperson.

Uber suspended its self-driving operations in all cities after an incident in Tempe, Arizona. It is focused on a safety review and is looking at things like safety of its system and training processes of vehicle operators.

Those affected by the closure in Arizona will be provided outplacement services including resume and interview prep, professional training and one-on-one coaching. It will continue to operate its rideshare and Eats business in Arizona.


DODGE DURANGO ENFORCER

Dodge Durango will be joining FCA’s police vehicle lineup, as a new Enforcer version.

“Unofficial testing results at the Michigan State Police 2018 model-year vehicle evaluation event created such a stir among law enforcement agencies that we simply had to find a way to build this vehicle,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “The Dodge Durango is already known as the Charger of SUVs, so it is only natural that the new Durango Enforcer complements the Charger Enforcer in police fleets across the country.”

The Dodge Durango Enforcer will feature a 5.7 litre HEMI V-8 with 360 horsepower and 390 foot/pounds of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard AWD system. A two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty anti-lock brakes which can stop the vehicle from 96km/h in 40.8 metres. Towing capacity is rated at 3,266 kg, wheelbase is 304 cm, and ground clearance is set at 205.7mm.

Additional features on the Enforcer include: 220-amp alternator, spot lamp wiring prep package, 800 cold cranking amp battery, trailer sway control, heavy-duty oil cooler and water pump, power locking fuel filler door, and K-9 friendly three zone interior temperature control. Spare tire is mounted under the vehicle for more cargo space, A/C offers air filtration, driver seat is eight-way adjustable, and a rear backup camera with alert is included.


WHEELS AND UBER PARTNER
Wheels Inc., has partnered with Uber for Business, offering fleets an avenue to gain visibility to their ride-hailing activity.

“We have been in the mobility business for nearly 80 years. From robust surplus management to being the only fleet management company to offer both vehicle lease and mileage reimbursement programs, we continue to lead the industry with innovative solutions,” said Dan Frank, CEO and President of Wheels.

Wheels will be financing and maintaining an Uber for Business company profile for its clients. Drivers that participate will use Wheels’ account for business travel; when they open the app to request a ride, drivers will use Wheels account and not their personal account. As a result, trip and expenses will automatically be captured, at which point the information will be available through FleetView.

“Our clients get the benefit of being able to view and manage trip activity in one place, directly in our online portal FleetView,” said Dan Belknap, Director of Product Management at Wheels. “Our integrated dashboard offers insight into what is happening when a fleet vehicle isn’t being utilized; an often overlooked piece to the bigger mobility solution.”


TOYOTA'S BILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) is investing $1.4 billion in its Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario plants. Additionally, the Governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest $110 million.

"Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada has always had a strong partnership with the Canadian government. With 30 years of manufacturing experience, our success is a result of TMMC team members, who are known for their dedication, high levels of skill, and challenge mindset. We're aggressively adopting new technology and innovative processes to ensure our ongoing success," said Fred Volf, President, TMMC.

The investment is slated to bring an advanced manufacturing platform to Toyota’s Ontario plants, and in turn make Canada the North American hub for the RAV4 and be the leading hybrid SUV producer in North America. Over 8,000 existing jobs will be secured and an addition 450 new jobs are planned.

"Companies have confidence in Canada and Canadian workers, and know that we are ready to build the cars of the future. Today's investment will support thousands of jobs for Canadians, and keep our auto sector globally competitive and at the centre of the growing demand for hybrid cars. We welcome Toyota's decision to invest in our highly skilled workforce and expand its presence in Canada. This is a smart decision that further establishes our country as the place where cars of the future are built," The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

Representatives from TMMC, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, were on hand for the announcement.


FORD FOCUSED ON FUTURE
Ford Motor Company revealed it will have close to 90 per cent of its North American vehicle portfolio consist of trucks, crossovers, utilities and commercial vehicles by 2020, when it reported its 2018 first quarter financial results on April 25. As part of the strategy, Ford will not invest in next generations of traditional Ford sedans but will transition its NA car offerings to two vehicles; the iconic Mustang and a new Focus Active crossover vehicle coming in 2019. As well, the company will be exploring new ‘white space' vehicle silhouettes combining the best attributes of cars and utilities.

Ford also stays committed to new propulsion options, adding hybrid-electric powertrains to popular products including F-150, Explorer, Escape and Bronco. In 2020, the company will introduce a battery electric performance utility vehicle, followed by 16 more battery electric offerings by 2022.

Ford's strategic framework will focus on the following. Building a winning portfolio. Make a full commitment to new propulsion systems. Build a viable and profitable autonomous technology business. Create and scale a mobility platform and experience .

"We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximize the returns of our business over the long term." said Jim Hackett, President and CEO, Ford, of the plan.


LEASEPLAN PARTNERS WITH REIMBURSEMENT PROVIDER
LeasePlan USA has partnered with Microsoft-owned MileIQ to have better control over fleet mileage reimbursement costs.

“This strategic partnership with MileIQ is just another way LeasePlan is leading fleets into the digital age. Not only will this partnership enable companies to more efficiently capture mileage, but it will also help control costs and the administrative burden associated with typical reimbursement programs,” said Ricardo Fonzaghi, Chief Commercial Officer, LeasePlan USA.

The service agreement allows LeasePlan clients to use the solution for employees who use their personal vehicle for business purposes.

The MileIQ app allows drivers to:
-auto-detect when a trip starts and ends using the phone’s GPS and accelerometer.
-categorize trips as personal, business or passenger.
-classify the purpose (airport, meet client, vacation, etc.) of their trip.
-combine trips into one or more trips per day.
-modify or delete a trip.
-record parking and toll fees per trip.

“MileIQ is excited to partner with LeasePlan and enable their drivers to automatically capture and submit their business drives to LeasePlan, creating an optimal driver experience and offering greater insight into a company’s mobility costs,” said Nat Robinson, General Manager, MileIQ.


HYUNDAI-KIA TESTS WIRELESS CHARGING

Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) and Mojo Mobility, Inc. recently completed a three-year project to develop a compact wireless charging system.

The purpose of the project, which was worked on in collaboration with U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, was to develop EV charging technology that in the future will make plugs no longer needed.

“We’re thrilled with the success of the system and its efficiency,” said William Freels, President, HATCI. “We set out to develop wireless charging that has real world applications and is easy to use for the consumer. Now, with this fleet of wireless Soul EVs, we can clearly see a future of unplugged electric vehicles.”

The system, which uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy, was installed on five Soul EV vehicles. All a driver had to do for the system to start charging is park the vehicle above the transmitter on the ground, and energy is sent through an inductive coupling to a electrical drive which than charges the EVs battery. The transmitter and receiver can be slightly misaligned and will still charge.

Hyundai-Kia currently do not plan to offer the technology on production customer vehicles, however, the project may be used as a basis for similar system in future Kia EVs.


LEASEPLAN LINKS WITH LYFT
LeasePlan USA has partnered with Lyft to help provide customers with options other than vehicle leasing and fleet management services.

“Our fleet clients are looking for ways to better control each aspect of their budgets, including ride hailing. Many are also incorporating policies to address the ever-changing point to point service, and they need a partner to help manage it,” said Jeff Schlesinger, President and CEO, LeasePlan USA. “That’s where the LeasePlan-Lyft relationship comes in.”

With the integration of Lyft, companies will be able to have fleet spending streamlined and allow for drivers to book a Lyft when a vehicle is in for repairs.

“Together with LeasePlan USA, we’re looking forward to providing thousands of organizations with better alternatives to traditional fleets – creating more flexibility and convenience, alongside better access to data,” said Ben Sternsmith, Area Vice-President, Lyft Business. “This partnership is a key step toward improving people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.”


D-ALLIANCE GROWS
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, announced it is now a partner of DiDi Auto Alliance (the D-Alliance), which was formed by DiDi Chuxing.

"We share a common vision with DiDi in our pursuit of clean, safe mobility for all. China is a key market for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and we plan to work in close partnership with market leaders like DiDi to shape the future of smart mobility in China,” said Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice-President of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi."

The D-Alliance is a ride-sharing alliance that hopes to unite all members to transform the business model of the transportation industry. It hopes to be the world’s largest full-capacity vehicle operator platform.

"We will empower our partners by providing collaboration aspects ranging from auto leasing and sales, auto finance, auto service, fleet operation to car-sharing solutions. The goal is to create more value for our partners, user community, and the society,” said Cheng Wei, Founder and CEO, DiDi."

Earlier in the year, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi signed a MOU with DiDi to explore the possibility of future business cooperation on a new EV car-sharing program in China.


ENTERPRISE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN CANADA
Enterprise Holdings is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Canada in 2018.

"The Enterprise story in Canada is one of growth," said Steven Tudela, Corporate Vice President of Canadian Operations, Enterprise Holdings. "When we started out in Canada we faced some challenges, but our employees never compromised. That's why we've seen success in Canada for the past 25 years, and why we will continue to be leaders in the transportation industry, especially as new mobility technologies evolve."

Enterprise Holdings owns Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. It operates Canada’s largest rental fleet of vehicles, and is available at over 750 airport and neighbourhood locations in Canada. It also operates Enterprise Truck Rental, Enterprise CarShare, and Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise. Its other division, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides fleet management services to medium-sized fleets of 20 or more vehicles.

In 2017, Enterprise Holdings purchased 4.3 per cent of all new vehicles sold in Canada at a cost of $2.3 billion. It employs 5,400 people in Canada, and has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Canada by Indeed, as well as one of the best employers in the GTA by MediaCorp Canada.


GM PARTNERS WITH FLEET COMPLETE
General Motors will partner with Fleet Complete to help accelerate delivery of internet-of-things (IoT) enabled services on OnStar-equipped vehicles in the United States. Model year 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles for small business and commercial fleets are part of the program.

“Connectivity is the future, and fleets of all sizes are rapidly embracing innovative, data-driven business solutions that can help them improve safety and reduce operating costs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. “The combination of OnStar connectivity and our built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot opens the door for people to put very sophisticated software and analytical tools to work quickly and efficiently.”

Fleet Complete’s CONNVEX platform used with OnStar can help with driver behaviour, operational efficiency, expenses and downtime.

“Our collaboration attests to the fact that integrated connected vehicles, especially in business, are becoming the new norm Working together with GM will simplify consumer access to connected vehicle technologies and help more fleet-owning businesses thrive.” said Tony Lourakis, CEO, Fleet Complete.


GEELY GLOBAL GAINS GROW
The founder of Chinese carmaker Geely, Li Shufu has become Daimler's largest investor after purchasing close to 10 percent of the German car and truck maker, according to Bloomberg news.

"Competitors who are challenging the global car industry in the 21st century technologically are not part of the automotive industry today. To succeed and seize the technology high ground, one must have friends, partners and alliances." Li said in a statement.

Geely also owns Volvo Cars AB as well as the producer of London's famed black taxi cabs. The company also has a large stake in truck maker Volvo AB and sports car manufacturer Lotus cars.

Geely said Li, the Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding company, expects to benefit from Daimler's investment in new technologies in the race to shift to electric and autonomous vehicles.


JAGUAR LAND ROVER PARTNERS WITH WAYMO

Jaguar Land Rover has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Waymo. They will develop a premium self-driving electric vehicle that will be used for Waymo’s driverless transportation service.

“While we've been focused at Waymo on building the world's most experienced driver, the team at Jaguar Land Rover has developed an all-new battery-electric platform that looks to set a new standard in safety, design and capability,” said John Krafcik, Chief Executive Officer, Waymo. “We're sure Waymo riders will enjoy the safe, premium and delightful experience that the self-driving I-PACE will provide.”

JLR and Waymo will designed and engineer a self-driving I-PACE. The vehicle with Waymo self-driving technology will begin testing later this year. Up to 20,000 I-PACE vehicles will be built in the first two years of production and be available for Waymo’s driverless service.

“With the Jaguar I-PACE we have a world-beating car that’s captured the imagination of customers around the world. Our passion for further advancing smart mobility needs expert long-term partners,” said Prof. Dr. Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar Land Rover. “In joining forces with Waymo we are pioneering to push the boundaries of technology. Together we will deliver the self-driving Waymo Jaguar I-PACE with the grace, space and eco-pace that customers expect.”


PETER MANSBRIDGE TO MAKE KEYNOTE AT ARI FORUM

ARI will welcome Peter Mansbridge former CBC news anchor of The National as the keynote speaker at its Toronto Fleet Forum.

The Fleet Forum is set for May 23 at Angus Glen in Markham, Ontario, and will also include an ARI update from Chris Conroy, President and CEO, ARI, presentations on Fleet Future Technology – Advanced Analytics and Fleet AI with Don Woods and Mike Stallone, and Fleet Best Practices by Charlie Guthro.

The popular Outdoor Fleet Expo also returns as does complimentary golf.

For more information contact: info@arifleet.ca.
EMKAY CANADA NEW LOCATION
EMKAY Canada has announced it will be moving to a new larger Canadian head office in Mississauga. The new office will open on April 30, and include numerous amenities, prime location, and improved visitor experience.

New location information is as follows: EMKAY Canada, 55 Standish Court, Suite 440, Mississauga, Ontario, L5R 4B2, with office number being 1-855-225-5575, and fax number being 647-426-3955.

The current office will close on April 27; however, all website, phones and email queues will be operational during the changeover to the new office.


NAFA I&E NAMED TO 2017 TOP US TRADE SHOWS
NAFA Institute and Expo (I&E) was named to Trade Show News Network 2017 Top US Trade Shows. Rankings are based on net square footage of shows in the United States. I&E was number 201 of all events.

“Being named to Trade Show News Network’s list of top trade shows reinforces NAFA’s mission to guide and support the fleet industry, and speaks volumes about the value I&E provides to fleet and mobility professionals,” said NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Year after year, I&E continues to be the largest gathering of fleet and mobility professionals in the industry not only because of largest fleet expo in the world, but also because of the cutting-edge training and array of networking opportunities offered.

The 2018 I&E is April 24-27, in Anaheim, Calif. It hosts over 2,000 fleet professionals with an expo that covers 200,000 gross square feet (60,000 net) and over 260 exhibiting companies.


MITSUBISHI MOTORS HELPS BREAKFAST CLUB OF CANADA

(From left) Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada presents a $100,000 donation to Mandy Desautels, Breakfast Club of Canada.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada donated $100,000 to Breakfast Club of Canada as part of its annual commitment to the organization.

“Today, as we unveil the Outlander PHEV to Western Canada, it is fitting that we also take this opportunity to draw attention to the importance of stimulating the young minds that will nurture innovation for a more sustainable future,” said Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “Together with Mitsubishi Motor dealers across the country, we proudly support the Breakfast Club of Canada.”

Mitsubishi presented a cheque to Breakfast Club of Canada at the Vancouver International Auto Show, where 52 schools in the greater Vancouver area are impacted by the organization.

“Mitsubishi Motors partnership helps us to support breakfast programs at schools across the country and offers students the chance to start their day with the fuel they need to learn which is invaluable,” Lisa Clowery, National Corporate Relations Director, Breakfast Club of Canada.


CARPROOF NOW CARFAX CANADA

CARPROOF Corporation has changed its name to Carfax Canada effective October 2018.

"We want our customers to know that this is a change in name only," says Shawn Vording, vice-president of automotive sales at CARPROOF. "Our partners will still receive the comprehensive history and valuation information they have come to expect from CARPROOF. This decision was driven by our commitment to continuous growth and will allow us to provide better products and services to a greater audience."

CARPROOF now is aligned with the US-based Carfax, which helps to leverage the globally-known Carfax brand to consumers and dealer customers in Canada. IHS Markit owns both companies.


MAGNA GETS A LYFT ON AUTONOMOUS
Magna and Lyft will jointly fund, develop, and manufacture self-driving systems.

"There is a new mobility landscape emerging and partnerships like this put us at the forefront of this change," said Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer, Magna. "Lyft's leadership in ridesharing and Magna's automotive expertise makes this strategic partnership ideal to effect a positive change as a new transportation ecosystem unfolds."

Development of the self-driving system will be led by Lyft at its self-driving engineering center. Manufacturing will be led by Magna, and will join Lyft’s development team to add their system knowledge, safety and ADAS expertise and manufacturing capabilities. Lyft will use Magna’s automotive experience for its fleet’s self-driving system.

The systems will be able to be deployed on the Lyft network or through Magna’s ability to deploy technologies across wide ranges of uses that benefit the entire automotive industry. The technology which is scalable could be market-ready in a few years.

"Together with Magna, we will accelerate the introduction of self-driving vehicles by sharing our technology with automotive OEMs worldwide," said Logan Green, CEO, Lyft. "This is an entirely new approach that will democratize access to this transformative technology."

Magna will also invest $200 million in Lyft equity.


EMKAY WINS THREE STEVIE AWARDS
EMKAY has won three 2018 Stevie Awards after being a finalist in multiple categories.

EMKAY won one Silver award (Sales Achievement of the Year – Silver), and two bronze awards (Back-Office Customer Service Team of the Year – Bronze, and Award for Innovation in Sales – Bronze).

It is the 10th year in a row that EMKAY one smallhas won multiple Stevie awards.


WHEELS WINS STEVIE
Wheels Inc was named the winner of the Bronze Steve Awards for Sales and Customer Service winner in Customer Service Department of the Year category.

“Wheels is committed to providing exceptional customer service that supports our clients’ success. To demonstrate our commitment, Integration Services continuously evaluates its own processes and makes improvements in order to deliver an exceptional client experience,” said Kurt Paquin, Senior Director, Solution Services. “We’re pleased the judges recognized the efforts our team has put in to perfecting our process.”

Wheels’ Integration Services team won the award for the second consecutive year. It was honoured for its client-centric approach to managing custom process requests. It focused on two area of improvement, organizational alignment and data quality.


SUBARU CANADA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS

Subaru Auto Canada Limited (now Subaru Canada Inc) began in 1978 with seven dealerships selling Subaru products. 40 years later, those dealerships are still operating, but the total has grown to 93 across Canada.

"For 40 years, Subaru has been delivering safe, reliable, versatile and fun-to-drive vehicles to countless Canadians," said Yasushi Enami, Chairman, President and CEO, Subaru Canada, Inc. "This isn't just a celebration of 40 years for Subaru in Canada, but a celebration of all the customers that have helped to get us here."

To help celebrate the anniversary, Subaru has released a new logo, as well as displaying a 1969 Subaru 360 (first vehicle sold by Subaru in North America) at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru also displayed special edition models: 2018 WRX STI Type RA, 2018 BRZ tS, and the all-new 2019 Ascent, at the show.


FLEXY FINALISTS
NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) has named the finalists for the 2018 Fleet Excellence Awards, also known as FLEXYs.

Finalists are:

Outstanding Achievement in Corporate Fleet Management
· Karla Guajardo, Fleet Manager, Honeywell International
· Adam Orth, CAFM®, Fleet Services Manager, General Mills Inc.
· Yogi Shivdasani, LKQ Corporation

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Corporate
· Kevin Everett, Fleet and Environmental Manager, at EMCOR Services, MESA Energy Systems
· Andy Gattermeyer, Road Safety Advisor, BP Pipeline
· Joe Suarez, Director, Florida Power & Light Company

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Corporate
· Michael Bieger, Senior Director Global Fleet, ADP Inc.
· Sharon Etherington, Manager of Regional Procurement Services, Roche
· Safelite AutoGlass, Columbus, Ohio

Excellence in Fleet Safety – Public
· Patrick Bartole, CAFM, Fleet Manager, New Jersey City University Dept. of Facilities and Construction Management
· Charles Grab, UCONN Transportation and Fleet Services
· Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC

Outstanding Achievement in Public Fleet Management
· Ronald Gitelman, CAFM, Fleet Administrator, Yale University
· Robert Gordon, Director of Fleet Management, DeKalb County Fleet Management
· Kathy Wellik, CAFM, Director, Iowa State University Transportation Services

Excellence in Fleet Sustainability – Public
· Richard Battersby, CAFM, Fleet Manager, City of Oakland Public Works
· Rick Medina, Fleet, Fuel, and Equipment Services, Mission Support and Test Services LLC
· Angela Sherick-Bright, Assistant General Manager, City of Los Angeles General Services Dept.

Excellence in Fleet Leadership
· Mario Moses, Fleet and Sourcing Manager, Bayer
· Steven Schoen, Director, Mobility Services Americas, Siemens
· Joe Suarez, Florida Power & Light Company

Winners will be announced at the Flexy Excellence Awards during NAFA Institute and Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.


ONTARIO TO WIDEN HIGHWAY 401
An 18 kilometre stretch of Highway 401 is being widened to help improve the flow of traffic. Widening will take place from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton.

"This stretch of highway is one of the busiest in the province and is vital to the movement of people and goods in Ontario and the United States,” said Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation. “Our government is committed to making the necessary infrastructure investments that sustain the economic growth in the GTA. Adding new lanes will keep traffic moving so businesses can get their products to market and people can get where they need to be sooner."

A request for proposals to design, build and finance the highway has been undertaken. The winning bid will be announced in 2019. HOV lanes will be added as part of the design.

The stretch of highway has average daily traffic in Peel and Halton of 118,000 to 175,000 vehicles per day.


TOYOTA ACCELERATES AUTONOMOUS DEVELOPMENT
Toyota Motor Corporation has created a new company whose aim it will be to accelerate advanced development for automated driving. Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) will see Toyota, Denso Corporation and Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., jointly developing fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving.

The companies plan to invest over 300 billion yen in the TRI-AD, initially with 300 employees (growing to around 1,000) with headquarters in Japan. Dr. James Kuffner will be CEO of TRI-AD, he is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Toyota Research Institute (TRI), based in North America.

"Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota's automated driving program," said Kuffner. "This company's mission is to accelerate software development in a more effective and disruptive way, by augmenting the Toyota Group's capability through the hiring of world-class software engineers.

Key objectives of TRI-AD are:
- Create a smooth software pipeline from research-to-commercialization, leveraging data-handling capabilities.
- Strengthen coordination with TRI and efficiently link research results to product development.
- Strengthen the collaboration within the Toyota Group in the domains of research and advanced development.
- Recruit and employ top-level engineers globally, while cultivating and coordinating the strong talent within the Toyota Group.

"Toyota is known for the quality and efficiency of the Toyota Production System (TPS). I have no doubt that we can translate the fundamental ideas of TPS from the production of hardware to the production of software, and dramatically enhance Toyota's software capabilities," said Dr. Gill Pratt, TMC Fellow, TRI CEO and Chairman of the new TRI-AD Board of Directors.


AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE DEVELOPMENTS
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced that the Office of Administrative Law approved regulations allowing for autonomous vehicles to be tested and deployed for public use without an approved driver on California roads.

“This is a major step forward for autonomous technology in California,” said Jean Shiomoto, Director, DMV. “Safety is our top concern and we are ready to begin working with manufacturers that are prepared to test fully driverless vehicles in California.”

The new rules come into effect on April 2, at which point the DMV can issue permits. Vehicle OEMs must get a driverless testing or deployment permit from the DMV to comply with the new rules. They can still apply for permits with a driver if they wish.

Testing and deployment of autonomous trucks or other commercial vehicles is not covered under the new regulations. DMV and California High Patrol will collaborate to look at the safety and regulatory considerations for those vehicles.


AJAC REWARDS INNOVATION

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the 2018 Innovation Award winners as part of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.








AJAC WINNERS

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named its 2018 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.








CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the three finalists for each of the 2018 Canadian Car and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.


MAVEN CROSSES BORDER
Maven is available in Toronto, Ontario, its first expansion outside the U.S.

“Bringing Maven car sharing to Toronto not only reduces congestion, but also represents the latest step in the development of General Motors’ mobility footprint in Canada,” said Steve Carlisle, President and Managing Director, General Motors of Canada. “The launch of Maven follows the recent opening of our Canadian Technical Centre – Markham Campus, the largest automotive technology development centre of its kind in Canada and furthers our ability to bring new solutions to existing problems and redefine the future of mobility in Toronto and beyond.”

Maven, owned by General Motors, will be available in parking lots throughout the city. 40 vehicles will be available, including: Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Tahoe, Trax and Volt; GMC Acadia and Yukon; and Cadillac ATS and XT5.

Maven has no signup or membership fees, with members paying rates starting from $9 per hour which includes gas and insurance minus a deductible). All vehicles have OnStar, Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM radio.

“Toronto has a unique spirit. Residents are constantly on the go and want more sharing and mobility options,” said Julia Steyn, Vice-President, General Motors Urban Mobility and Maven. “Maven offers cars Torontonians want to drive to help them be there for the moments that matter.”


TMMC #1
Toyota Canada Incorporated's primary supplier Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) was the number one Canadian automaker and net exporter of vehicles in 2017 with 571,535 units built at its facilities.

“Toyota Canada is very proud that our number one supplier is not only a Canadian company but also the number one maker of vehicles in Canada,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. “More than 40 per cent of the vehicles we sold in Canada were built right here by Canadians.”

TMMC has three facilities in Canada, in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario. It builds the Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV4, Lexus RX 350 and Lexus RX 450 hybrid. Toyota has built over seven million vehicles in Canada since it began to do so in 1988.

“We have a very strong partnership with TMMC and its Team Members, and each Toyota vehicle manufactured in Canada delivers the quality, dependability and reliability that our Canadian customers have come to expect,” Hutchinson added. “And the support of our Canadian customers – and their communities across the country – has allowed us to grow our business in Canada for over 50 years.”


MAP MARKS MILESTONE
Wheels Inc., Maintenance Assistance Program (MAP) celebrated its 45th anniversary recently.

Initially the program allowed drivers to get replacement tires locally through national suppliers. Now it offers a nationwide network of 38,000m select facilities that offer maintenance and repair services (tires, oil change, brakes, glass, rentals and towing).

“An important part of the success of our Maintenance Assistance Program over the past 45 years has been the partnerships we’ve built with our network maintenance providers. The relationships are transparent, collaborative, and focused on delivering the best experience and value possible for our clients,” said Brian Simek, Sr. Manager, Maintenance & Mechanical Repair.

A major part of MAP’s success is its advisors (technical advisors are required to be ASE-certified, and many also hold advanced certification), they oversee and approve work, handle supplier question and provide accountability.

“We’ve come a long way since those days. Today everything is automated: we push emails to alert drivers of upcoming or past-due maintenance work, and just launched an updated version of our mobile app that uses a combination of GPS and ZIP code locator technology to provide drivers faster access to nearby network suppliers,” said Simek.


ARI 2018 FLEET FORUM DATES
ARI has announced four dates for its 2018 cross-Canada fleet forum series. Events will be held in Toronto, Ontario on May 23, Montreal, Quebec on September 13, Calgary, Alberta on October 16, and Vancouver, British Columbia on October 17.

“We are excited to once again bring together our clients, partners and ARI subject matter experts for our Cross-Canada Fleet Forum Series,” said Peter Nogalo, Marketing Manager, ARI. “The events prove year after year to be an excellent way to share the latest in fleet technology and trends, as well as to facilitate networking within our industry.”

Keynote speakers for the forums will be announced at a later date, registration for Toronto forum will open in early April. For more information contact ARI at info@arifleet.ca.


FIELD NARROWS FOR CAR OF THE YEAR

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the winners of 14 vehicle categories as part of the 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and 2018 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year awards.


SILVERADO DIESEL ENGINE IN LIKE FLINT
Flint Engine Operations in Flint, Michigan will build the all-new Duramax 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

“The next-generation Silverado builds on the success of our current models, many of which are produced here in Flint. We are proud to expand the industry-leading diesel portfolio here in Vehicle City,” said John Urbanic, Flint Engine Operations plant manager.

Flint Engine produces a 1.4L engine that is used in the Chevrolet Cruze, Vot and Equinox. Flint Engine Operations received an investment of $263 million in 2015 for a new engine line.


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