New electric utility vehicle for Cote Saint-Luc

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Polaris electric vehicle makes demo debut at CSL Public Works in November 2016

Cote Saint-Luc will be obtaining a grounds and turf crossover electric vehicle to add to our growing electric fleet. This small pick up can enter park areas on the grass, over walkways and throughout the parks without causing damage. It provides easier maneuverability than a large pick-up when carrying products such as grass, earth, equipment through small areas. The parks team can travel throughout the parks quietly and efficiently.

The EV pick-up seats two and comes with a trailer attachment. It can be used during the four seasons. The life span for this vehicle is predicted to be at least 10 years.

Public Works Director Bebe Newman and her team are very keen in supporting EV acquisitions and in finding sustainable solutions throughout her operations.

 

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Reconstruction of City Hall/Library parking lot underway

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Posted by Councillor Mike Cohen

As many people have noticed by now, Côte Saint-Luc has started work on the reconstruction of the parking lot behind the City Hall and Library. We’re doing more than just repaving. We’re improving the way it’s configured in order to remove the excessive turns, which create risks for pedestrians. We’re also adding two charging stations for electric vehicles, a bike path and creating more parking spaces for cars to park.

We have been fortunate to have a parking lot with so many trees not just around the edges but within the parking lot itself. Our goal at the start of this project was to save as many of these trees as possible by transplanting them elsewhere. We are saving approximately 70 percent of the trees and have transplanted 28.

 

Of course, we would have preferred to have saved all the trees. However, of trees that are being cut their roots were too deep to survive transplant or to small to justify the cost while new trees can be planted of similar size or they were sick or damaged in some way. It didn’t make sense to move the sick trees as the cost to transplant a single tree is about $2,000. We decided to transplant the healthy trees, which cost $53,000 in all. All the trees being cut will be replaced with new replanted trees.

To sum up:

-We will have a new, safer parking lot ;
-We saved approximately 70  percent of the trees in the existing parking lot;
-We will replant new trees for all those that were cut;
-We will have two electrical charging stations for electric cars;
-We transplanted 28 trees of the old trees from the parking lot to locations across the city.

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Work begins on the City Hall parking lot reconstruction (Mike Cohen photo).

 

This lot was in desperate need of repair. How many people, the majority seniors and those with limited mobility, have we heard from in recent years complaining about the fact they could not find a spot when attending special events?

As for the benches that many people congregate on, I have now received confirmation that  a crew move the seven benches along the path on the south side of City Hall and have them placed east of the parking in the area between Sir Walter Scott and Marc Chagall to provide seating for the residents of the area. They will be  placed under some shade as much as possible.  If necessary, special umbrellas will be added.

New bike path and EV charging station coming to City Hall parking lot

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The reconstruction of the of the Cote Saint-Luc City Hall parking lot will soon be underway with a new layout to improve vehicular access and visibility while improving pedestrian safety.

The project includes the reconstruction of the sidewalks, the curbs, the asphalt roadway and parking area, as well as the replacement of the lighting and security cameras.

The main improvements include:

– A new drop-off area at the main rear entrance,
– An elevated section of the roadway and pedestrian crosswalks at the intersection of the
main roadway from Cavendish and the delivery ramp for City Hall,
– A new sidewalk on the south side of City Hall, from Cavendish to the main rear entrance,
– A new central sidewalk median for pedestrians in the main section of the parking lot,
– A new bike path from Cavendish to Sir Walter Scott,
– A double charging station for electric vehicles,
– The addition of approximately 23 parking spaces, (143 spaces compared to the current 120 spaces),
– Replacement of the street lighting and cameras for improved safety.

The work is scheduled to start in July and be completed by mid-October 2017.

Public tenders were opened by the Purchasing Department on June 7, 2017. Six tenders were received ranging in price from $1,941,716.78 to $2,322,010.66 all taxes included. The lowest tender was received from Groupe TNT Inc. is conforming to the tender documents for a total of $1,941,716.78 taxes included.

A previous purchase order was issued for electric vehicle charging stations at the Aquatic and Community Centre and at City Hall. The City Hall EV double charging station will be installed during the reconstruction.

 

All you need to know about Electric Vehicles – Free, new publication

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The 2017 Branchez-Vous brochure is now available!

The Innovative Vehicle Institute(IVI), in collaboration with the Gouvernement du Québec, is proud to present the 2017 Branchez-Vous brochure. You’ll find a wealth of relevant information, including a full list of available plug-in vehicles and a presentation of charging solutions that you can use. New this year: a section about the estimate cost of a plug-in vehicle. Take a look: you’ll be surprised to see how much you could save with an electric vehicle!

The IVI would like to thank the major partners of the event Branchez-Vous 2017, Ford and Hydro-Québec.

Branchez-Vous 2017 brochure : Download PDF

 

The Guide to Electric Vehicles: Everything you ever wanted to know about the electric car

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  • Electric driving: is it really greener?
  • Are electric cars really more expensive?
  • Can you use electric cars in the winter?

If you’ve been wondering about these questions and others about the EV, wonder no more. Former Quebec Environment Minister, Daniel Breton and Canadian Motosport Hall of Famer and Canada’s top automobile expert for 50 years, Jacques Duval answer these questions and much more.

The Guide to Electric, Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient Cars is surely the most definitive and complete go-to resource for EVs in North America, with special attention to Quebec winters. Eighty-five vehicles are reviewed along with everything you need to know about going electric. With more than 285 photos this is the only source anyone interested in exploring EVs will need to quench their thirst for information in the fast-growing segment of green transportation.

The guide, published by Juniper Publishing, is laid out in an easy to read format, covering one hundred percent Electric, Plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or an electric car with a range extender, Hybrid battery, Energy efficient  and Hydrogen cars. The manual gives a clear and concise rating on everything ranging from greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption, smog rating and price.

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The guide is interesting and entertaining to read looking back at EVs over the past two century (yes, the first EV actually dates back to the first half of the 1800s). It also takes a look at electric trams (Montreal was a leader dating back to the 1930s) and buses.

As a new EV owner I can attest to the usefulness of this guide and wish I had purchased a copy a year ago. For the uninitiated it can be a daunting task to figure out the new jargon and terminology around EVs. I don’t want to learn how to disassemble and rebuild a car, I only wanted to understand what I needed to know about buying a plug in. This book does the trick with ease.

What’s more, this is no industry rag or advertorial that paints a rosy picture on each and every car. Breton and Duval do a masterful job at spelling out the good, the bad and the ugly on each of the 85 vehicles they covered: What to consider and what to stay away from.

My new 2017 Chevy Volt parked in Westmount

My new 2017 Chevy Volt parked in Westmount

The authors also hand out medals for their top picks in each type of technology. Finally, there is a section detailing rebates, tax breaks, government benefits and shortcomings across the Canadian provinces and United States.

Thanks Daniel and Jacques for putting together an excellent resource guide. It was fun to read and I’m more knowledgeable o this exciting subject.

The Guide to Electric, Hybrid and Fuel-Efficient Cars is published by Juniper Publishing and available online and in store. I’ve seen it at Walmart. Ask for it at your public library or visit EV.guide.

CSL Public Works electric vehicle rolls into service

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CSL Public Works took delivery of its first electric vehicle, a Kia Soul, mid-November 2016 (Photo: Bebe Newman)

CSL Public Works took delivery of its first electric vehicle, a Kia Soul, mid-November 2016 (Photo: Bebe Newman)

The City of Cote Saint-Luc has taken delivery of its first all-electric vehicle. The KIA Soul will be used daily in the Public Works Department for some of its foremen.

So far it sports the CSL logo (as pictured above). Soon it will be striped similar to the CSL fleet, with a little flair to mark the significance of being an EV.
PW is currently charging the vehicle by 110v which can take up to 13 hours to charge, which is fine for overnight. The 240v charger will cut the time in half.
CSL Public Work's new electric vehicle plugges in to a standard 110v outlet for overnight parking. (Photo: Bebe Newman)

CSL Public Work’s new electric vehicle plugged in to a standard 110v outlet for overnight parking. (Photo: Bebe Newman)

The new EV cost the city $35,000 before taxes. Once you deduct the Quebec government rebate of $8,000 the vehicle comes in at $32,000 including all taxes.

As reported on this blog EV Charging Stations are on order for PW and the ACC. As well, next year we will add a station at City Hall.

And, as promised, I will continue to promote EVs for the City of CSL. Special thanks to PW Director Bebe Newman who supports the acquisition of EVs for the city as a sound management decision and an environmentally wise choice.

CSLers charged up to learn about Electric Vehicles

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Simon-Pierre Rioux at CSL Public Library talk on Electric Vehicles

Simon-Pierre Rioux at CSL Public Library talk on Electric Vehicles

Simon-Pierre Rioux, of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association gave an informative and educational presentation last evening to a group of Cote Saint-Lucers interested in learning if the electric car is right for them. The introductory talk addressed the facts and misconceptions about electric cars and highlighted key benefits both to the environment and lifestyles.

Despite the heavy rain, the evening began with a display of Electric Vehicles (EV) in front of the City Hall / Library complex.  A Volt and a Spark, both Chevrolet EVs, were on display courtesy of the Gravel dealership located on Van Horne at Decarie. In addition, my Volt and Simon-Pierre’s Nissan Leaf were also on display.

The event was sponsored by the Cote Saint-Luc Public Library as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The library also has a display of books and sources available to consult and for members to checkout on EVs, the greening of the environment and other related material.

I was very pleased to open the discussion in talking about my 25 year fascination with the EV leading up to my own acquisition almost four months ago. Also, I was proud to announce that the city has just purchased its very first EV and will soon be installing charging stations at the Aquatic and Community Centre, Public Works and City Hall.

 

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This was the first time AVEQ has given an information session in English, with about 75 events organized each year. Simon-Pierre did a masterful job of walking the audience through every stage of EV-101, explaining the differences between Battery Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Extended Range, Hybrid and more. He debunked common misconceptions about the EV and explained how to determine which kind of vehicle is right for different kinds of consumers.

 

Simon-Pierre Rioux, Presient and Founder of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association and CSL Councillor Glenn J. Nashen

Simon-Pierre Rioux, President and Founder of the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association and CSL Councillor Glenn J. Nashen

The AVEQ website is a great resource offering a tremendous amount of information on EVs, although some English content would be beneficial. As a volunteer based organization, expertly advocating and promoting EVs across Quebec, hopefully someone with a mastery of both languages can step up and offer some assistance.

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Coincidentally this was a very exciting week for EV enthusiasts. First, the City of Montreal announced that the third edition of the FIA Formula E  (Electric) Championship will take place in Montreal on July 29 and 30, 2017. The urban race course will be set up around the CBC building in the East End and will include 14 curves over 2.75 km, and at specific points along the course, drivers will reach top speeds of 265 km/h. Formule E was created in 2014 by the Fédération internationale de l’automobile (FIA) to showcase the potential of electric car technology through motor vehicle sports. This third edition began in Hong Kong on October 9, 2016 and features 12 races in 10 cities on four continents.

 

Secondly, the Quebec National Assembly adopted Bill 104 last Wednesday aiming to promote the reduction of greenhouse gases through promotion of EVs. By 2020, 15% of cars sold in Quebec will have to be EV, or auto makers will face stiff fines.

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Thank you to Simon Pierre and AVEQ as well as to Danielle Belanger and Janine West of the CSL Public Library for this most interesting evening.

 

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