BEV, Hybrid, PHEV, FCEV, Mild Hybrid? Vehicle Electrification Types Explained In Simple Terms

If you are new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  For that matter, if you are not new to electric vehicles, the naming of hybrid and full EV’s can be confusing.  I recently had a discussion with two Tesla owners who had no idea what a Mild Hybrid was. To make this even more confusing many auto manufacturers make a gas, hybrid, PHEV and/or BEV versions of the same car!  For instance the…

The All New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV with Battery Swap?

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan Renault Alliance it is time to share parts, designs and advance into a brave new all electric world.  In fact the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV and Mitsubishi Outlander All EV have battery swap technology.  This means their batteries can replaced in THREE MINUTES inside a kiosk smaller than a gas station convenience store. Click to Expand   That would be great if it were true.  Unfortunately the pictures above are not…

What is a SPAC Special Purpose Acquisition Company & How Does It Differ From a Merger, Reverse Merger or Blank Cheque Company?

If you want to understand modern business, in particular EV, new energy and tech companies, you had better understand what a SPAC is. The world of finance used to be relatively simple.  There were just three kinds of ownership structures: Sole proprietors One person running a company Partnerships Small group of people running a company Privately held companies Usually a small group of people running a company with many (i.e. 40) shareholders that is not publicly traded so their shares…

In Simple Terms: Everything You Need To Know About Solid State EV Batteries

In recent months there has been much talk of so called solid state batteries for use in electric vehicles (EV’s).  However, most Solid State Battery engineering is not being done by the big automobile manufacturers like VW, Toyota and GM; mostly SSB’s are being developed by small design houses you likely have never hear of like QuantumScape, Fisker and Solid Power. WHAT IS A SOLID STATE BATTERY? When we think of solid state batteries, we think of electronic circuits with…

VIDEO: Henrik Fisker Explains Why He Uses VW Parts & Assembly to Make the Best EV, The Fisker Ocean

What is the “best” electric vehicle?  That is a subjective question for sure, but using mass market proven components combined with a price regular people can actually afford are to of the most important parts of the formula. The Fisker Ocean EV will be the least expensive, highest quality electric drive SUV on the planet.  According to the founder, Henrik Fisker, designing your own parts and assembling your own vehicle is an expensive fools game. Using the Volkswagen MEB electric…

Are GM’s New Ultium Batteries The Cure For EV Sales & Market Domination?

It should not have come as a surprise to us that several people have made snide comments about our review of General Motors new Ultium batteries but it did. So let us quickly clarify a few things. There is no suggestion that the GM’s Ultium EV battery packs will leap frog GM or any other company into market domination.  Low cost, flexible packaged, high capacity, fast charging, EV battery packs are a necessary but NOT sufficient element for domination.  So…

VIDEO: GM Announces Amazing Ultium Lithium EV Batteries

As word spread last week that Tesla is likely to change to hexagonal from the cylindrical batteries it has used for a decade, GM that usurped the whole efficiency debate by showing off their innovative new flat pack batteries they call “Ultium”.  They are higher density at a much lower cost than any other companies battery pack and can be charged at a massive 800V providing a 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. It appears that GM will…

GM Says They Want To Skip Hybrids and Go Straight to EV’s

In a few recent interviews GM CEO Mary Barra has said that she does not see big returns in hybrids and wants to go directly to all electric vehicles. “…There is an inherent cost because you’ve got two powertrain system.  And when you are a company that believes in the science of global warming, why wouldn’t you get to EVs as fast as you can?  Why dedicate a lot of capital and engineering into a segment that doesn’t get your…

2019 Canadian Federal Election Results List For Every Riding

We found it difficult to source a simple table of the 2019 Canadian Federal election results but did find a list of vote tallies from midnight on Election day on the Elections Canada website.   We cleaned up the data (removed 20+ fringe parties and unneeded columns) and make it available below. It is important to note that the results did change in some ridings but this table provided us with a base to work from in our article: If Greens…

A View From The Inside The 2019 Canadian Federal Election: Everyone Can Vote

For the October 21st 2019 Federal Election I applied for and was offered the position of Central Poll Supervisor in a small city near Calgary, Alberta.  I was surprised by several things you may find interesting. In particular I was surprised at Elections Canada’s drive to ensure every Canadian votes.  You might think that an odd finding but Elections Canada is a Government department and many of those are not known for their singular concern about the public. My seven…

VIDEO: Funniest Organ Donation Video Ever Makes a Good Point

This topic is a departure from our usual focus on politics, tech and China but we thought it made an excellent point in a funny way you would like. As a… lets go with ‘gruff’ person myself, I sadly see tiny parts of Coleman Sweeney in me (pun intended!) and I have signed up for organ donation too.  Be an asshole and sign up! In most countries you just have to fill our an organ donor card or sign the…

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Timeline of 2019 Events

UPDATE: November 24, 2019 TMX announces that at the end of September 2019, there were 2200 constructions workers hired and that number was expected to grow to 3000 by the end of the year. UPDATED: July 21 2019 Since the start of the 2019, there have been many important events in the Trans Mountain Pipeline saga and it is easy to get lost.  To clarify the issues we have appended the following entries to our master list “Complete Trans Mountain…