ZEVAI 2021

NRCan’s ZEV Awareness Initiative recently launched calls for this year’s round of funding. 

Last year we received funding for the Municipal ZEV Engagement Platform through this program. The focus appears identical this year, but the max funding amount has tripled to $150k for projects beginning and ending this fiscal, or $300k for projects wrapping up prior to March 31, 2023.

Proposals aren’t due until August 16th.

Here’s NRCan’s list of types of projects they’re interested in:

  • · Developing and implementing a novel targeted outreach (e.g. MURB residents, new Canadians) and awareness campaign
  • · Establishing a web-based resource and information portal
  • · Implementing a test drive and trial program (e.g. ride-and-drive events in underserved areas)
  • · Implementing an national or regional electric vehicle mentorship or ambassador program
  • · Undertaking actions to increase workplace charging awareness among employees across multiple companies
  • · Undertaking actions to increase physical and online visibility of charging infrastructure
  • · Increasing knowledge of EV charging options and technologies among potential end-users such as commercial fleets
  • · Developing curriculum and/or training material for a target audience such as truck drivers or auto dealers
  • · Developing best practices guides and educational tools to support targeted audiences or for all Canadians (national scale)
  • · A series of in person (if and when permitted by local health authorities) and virtual meetings, presentations, technology demonstrations or other events (with remote attendance options)

We’re in the process of launching a couple of projects on charging infrastructure, so that’s an area that might warrant consideration.

NRCAN ZEVAI – Team Member Project Ideas

1. Primer on the Integration of Zero Emission Vehicles and the Electricity Grid

– idea was originally pitched to ECCC’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund

2. Accelerating EV adoption in middle- and low-income communities

– could explore best practices in community car-sharing, charging hubs, etc.; comparable study from Washington state: https://www.wsdot.wa.gov/publications/fulltext/LegReports/17-19/FacilitatingLowIncomeUtilizationOfElectricVehicles.pdf

3. The case for zero emission public transit systems in Canada

– health, climate and social benefits

4. Framework for addressing charging infrastructure desserts in Canada

– could look at best practices/standards in EVSE siting from government perspective (e.g., minimum number of EVSE per X number of residents or number of EVs/cars owned in FSA/community; EVSE should be available within a radius of X metres in areas with population densities >Y; key locations for publicly accessible EVSE, e.g., MURBs, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.; minimum EVSE requirements to support Canada’s EV adoption targets, i.e., 10% by 2025, 100% by 2035)

5. Survey on public perceptions on EV adoption

– could partner with Green Living to deliver survey in year 1, and develop educational materials to address knowledge gaps in year 2

6. A primer/compendium on human health benefits of EVs

– focus on Canada; could work with health departments, academia and institutes

7. Educating fleets on future model availability of EVs and benefits

– connect fleet managers to EV OEMS (especially MHDVs/vocational vehicles and light trucks) to gain insights into future model availability and budgetary considerations for EV fleets

8. Case studies on adoption of electric vocational vehicles

– studies could look at cases of where e-vocational vehicles (e.g., ambulances, fire trucks, garbage trucks, street sweepers, drayage trucks, cement trucks, cherry pickers, etc.) have been deployed, the user experience, and the benefits they offer; could summarize the total number of vehicles in Canada in each category assessed, and estimate GHG and CAC emissions reduction potential