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We’re sparking up electrifying conversations on the EV Life podcast. Can EVs withstand our harsh prairie climate? Can manufacturers keep up with demand? How is charging infrastructure evolving? We’re talking to the government, associations, private businesses, and everyday drivers across the province and beyond to get you the answers you need to feel confident in your transportation decisions. Stay up to speed with us.

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May 21, 2024 13 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Lance Mortlock, managing partner of energy and resources Canada at Ernst & Young (EY) Canada. Dr. Mortlock explains what micromobility means and how it can help expand cities and accessibility. EY conducted a study on the evolving landscape of e-mobility in Canada and we discuss some of the findings of that report. Tune in to learn more about how e-bikes, e-scooters an...

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In this episode of the EV Life podcast, Susan Courty, a construction electrician and leader of the Edmonton chapter of Women in Renewable Energy (WiRE) joins us for a conversation on how construction sites can integrate zero-emission vehicles into their work sites. She discusses the benefits and challenges for companies to make the transition, and she also shares some information on WiRE and the work they’re doing to foster a diver...

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In this episode of the EV Life podcast, Jean-Christophe Lambert of Lithion Technologies joins us for a conversation on recycling lithium-ion batteries. Lambert shares some insights into the process of how electric vehicle and other rechargeable batteries are recycled here in Canada and how recycling technologies are evolving.

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Franzi Tschurtschenthaler, solar engineer at Create Solar, joins EV Life host Krystal Maharaj for a conversation on off-grid charging. Franzi tells us what off-grid charging means, and spoiler alert, it doesn’t involve moving to a cabin in the woods. But if you did want to move to a cabin in the woods, he shares some EV charging options for you, too. We also learn a little about the company’s solar village project, a first of its k...

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April 23, 2024 11 mins

Welcome to season three of AMA’s EV Life podcast! In our first episode of the season, we chat with Simon Pillarella, head of marketing and business development at ChargeHub. Simon joins host, Krystal Maharaj, to chat about EV roaming and a nation-wide initiative between multiple organizations, government, and businesses known as Agora. Agora was created to build awareness and educational resources for Canadians on connecting to mul...

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The EV Life podcast is back for another season! In season 3 we’ll be speaking to more experts and everyday Albertans as we continue to explore the world of electric vehicles. You can expect to hear interviews on lots of research and development and emerging technologies in the zero-emission vehicle industry. New episodes will be coming out every Tuesday, so don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!

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EV Life podcast host Krystal Maharaj and producer Allison Bench bring you a special episode for our Season 2 finale. We went out to AMA Car Care events in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary and met with Albertans like you to explore what the biggest questions are around electric vehicles. And stick around until the end, because we also have a special interview with a rural EV owner.

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November 6, 2023 13 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast, we’re joined by CEO of Optiwatt Casey Donahue. Casey talks to us about how the Optiwatt app works to inform EV owners on the best times to charge their vehicles—which can help manage grid loads and further reduce emissions.

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October 30, 2023 18 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast, we’re joined by sustainability engineer and consultant Matt Grace who is researching the potential benefits of converting taxi fleets to EVs in Alberta. The research project, which is being spearheaded by Green Calgary and funded by Alberta Ecotrust, aims to support zero-emission goals, and identify possible challenges that may come if there is a large-scale adoption of EV taxis in the provin...

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In this episode of the EV Life podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Stephen Wong, assistant professor at the University of Alberta in Transportation Engineering. Stephen shares some insights into research his team is working on around the use of electric vehicles in disasters, including evacuation equity and power management.

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In this episode of the EV Life podcast, environmental engineer Maria Kelleher joins us to chat about the recycling of electric vehicle batteries in Canada. Kelleher, who started Toronto-based environmental consulting firm Kelleher Environmental, explains the process of recycling lithium-ion batteries, second life uses, and how companies and researchers are helping shape the future of the industry.  

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October 9, 2023 21 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast we’re joined by Greg Brannon, Director of Automotive Engineering for AAA. Greg shares research that AAA has conducted on EV range testing, including how some results have differed from EV range estimates provided by auto manufacturers, as well as the advocacy work being done to ensure consumers are receiving accurate information about the vehicles they purchase. 

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In this episode of the EV Life podcast, we’re joined by Jennifer Shillam and Dave Hunka of FortisAlberta. They share FortisAlberta’s plans for expanding EV charging infrastructure and supporting development in rural areas, plus we discuss how the province’s power grid could handle mass adoption of electric vehicles.

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In this episode of EV Life we’re joined by Matt Carpenter, an instructor at the Southern Institute of Technology’s School of Transportation. Matt—who has worked at SAIT for 20 years and has extensive automotive knowledge—shares how the school is preparing technicians to work on electric vehicles, hybrids, and with new and evolving technologies like regenerative breaking systems.

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September 18, 2023 14 mins

Join us for another episode of EV Life as we chat with Adam Thorn from the Pembina Institute. Thorn, who is the director of Pembina’s transportation program, shares some insights into research the think-tank has conducted around electric vehicles and why it’s so important for researchers to be exploring the future of clean energy options in Canada.  

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Dr. David Layzell joins the EV Life podcast to discuss zero-net transportation research in Alberta, including what hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are and how they may be used in the future. Layzell is a professor at the University of Calgary and the director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) initiative. He also helped found and is an energy systems architect for Transition Accelerator, a non-pro...

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September 4, 2023 30 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast we’ll dig into EV charging in Alberta. ATCO senior engineer Will York shares how the power utility company is contributing to the electrification of transportation in Alberta and more. Plus, we hear from Albertan EV owner John Epler, who joined us to talk about his experience of having to rely on public chargers to fuel his vehicle.

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Northwestern University Ph.D Candidate Jenna Trost joins us on the EV Life podcast to speak about the research she is conducting at the Dunn Lab around the environmental impacts of lithium battery production, as well as what solutions there are to this complex issue.

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August 21, 2023 23 mins

In this episode of the EV Life podcast we’re joined by Emma Jarratt, executive editor for Electric Autonomy—a Canadian online publication that shares research and news on EVs. She shares why this platform is important and gives us some insight into how it helps inform Canadians on EVs and more.

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August 14, 2023 21 mins

In this episode of EV Life, we’re talking about buying electric vehicles in Alberta with two dealerships, Go Auto and Martin Motor Sports. Phil Abram, CEO of Go Auto, joins us to talk about the supply and demand of EVs in Alberta along with advice on what potential buyers should be asking when considering an EV. We also chat with Chad Leys and Chris Parsons from Martin Motor Sports about the fully electric Zero Motorcycles.

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