PARKSVILLE, B.C. — B.C. is boosting a local business developing electric-powered industrial work trucks.
The province recently announced it was awarding $294,000 in funding to Parksville-based Canadian Electric Vehicles (CanEV) from the CleanBC Advanced Research and Commercialization program.
“Under our CleanBC plan, we are moving to a future where new vehicles produce no air pollution at all,” said Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation, in a statement. “To get there faster, we are supporting smart B.C. companies like CanEV to develop innovative technology. We are also offering rebates to businesses adopting commercial electric vehicles (EVs) through our CleanBC Go Electric programs.”
The funds will be used to develop the third generation of CanEV’s low-speed Might-E truck and a new medium-duty truck aiming to achieve Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards to allow operation on any road.
CanEV’s current Might-E Truck is a work vehicle designed for municipalities, campuses, malls, resorts, parks, airports and industries. According to CanEV, the truck is cheaper and more reliable than combustion vehicles.
CanEV has been one of the only B.C. companies building electric vehicles. The company began in 1995 and is now looking to expand. It expects to hire two to three new employees in the clean technology and engineering areas for this project and hire additional employees when pilot scale manufacturing commences.