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2024-04-26 -- Ernest Hancock interview Chace Barber (Edison Motors) MP3&4

Chace Barber (Edison Motors) comes on the show to discuss the grant scandal involving the Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge and suspicious dealings involving MNP (British Columbia, Canada)
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Media Type: Audio • Time: 83 Minutes and 20 Secs
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1 - Chace Barber (Edison Motors) comes on the show to discuss the grant scandal involving the Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge and suspicious dealings involving MNP (British Columbia, Canada)

Chace's previous interviews HERE



Chace Barber

Chace Barber - Founder and C.E.O. of Edison Motors - Merritt, B.C. Canada -

Chace is a truck driver with 14 years of experience.

Chace and Eric hauled started their own trucking company in their 4th year of university by restoring a 1969 Kenworth.

The trucking company transitioned to hauling and installing electrical generation systems to designing and engineering hybrid diesel electric power systems.

Never letting go of his passion for trucking, restoring classic trucks and driving Chace was the one who came up with the idea of Edison Motors by combining their hybrid power systems with the classic trucks they restored.



Built by Truckers for Truckers

Edison Motors was founded by Chace Barber and Eric Little who entered their business partnership in 2016 after graduating university and starting a trucking company with a 1969 Kenworth 5 axle Logging Truck (Old Blue). They began hauling logs in Merritt, BC. moved to hauling mining equipment into the Yukon and then expanded to moving drilling rigs in Alberta before returning back to BC Logging.

The business grew, more trucks were added and due to the frustration in serviceability of newer trucks the partners started rebuilding older trucks from the frame rails up to use in their own trucking operation instead of buying new truck. The business grew and expanded to hauling and installing power generation systems. In 2019 this added business aspect and growth to taking on the role of engineering and designing off-grid solar hybrid power systems. After their first successful project design and construction of a first nations community in northern BC Canada, Eric and Chace started to engineering process of a diesel-electric semi truck using the same principles.

After reserving a Tesla semi in 2017 and not receiving the truck for 4 years, in 2021 they decided to start building their own electric trucks because that was quicker than waiting for the Tesla delivery and resulted in designing of a more robust truck tailored to the logging and heavy vocational industries their trucking company operated in.

The Edison Truck is the result of a trucking company who remanufactured classic logging trucks with their engineering expertise of off-grid hybrid power systems. It is the aim of Edison Team to have the reliability and serviceability of a classic semi with the efficiency, power, and emissions standards of an electric truck.


The Unseen Cost of Integrity: Edison Motors and a Corruption Scandal?

Learn about the unseen cost of integrity in the cleantech industry with the Edison Motors corruption scandal. Explore the impacts of energy subsidies on sustainable transportation and the controversy surrounding the diesel EV and series hybrid technology.

This is directly tied to a corruption scandal we found ourselves entangled in, which was covered in the news. The article, written by Rob Shaw, gives a glimpse into the situation, but here, I'm taking the opportunity to delve deeper and provide a firsthand explanation of what transpired.

At the core of this controversy is the Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge, a grant meant for British Columbia companies focused on electrifying heavy-duty electric commercial trucks. Despite being the only company in BC developing such trucks, Edison Motors was overlooked for the grant. Following this, we encountered suspicious dealings involving MNP, a company previously known for offering grant-writing services at a cost beyond our budget.

During a meeting with MNP, who surprisingly turned out to be the administrators of government grants, we faced challenges over our ambitious project timelines and budget. Despite our confidence and past achievements, these factors, alongside some minor paperwork errors, were cited as reasons for grant denial. What followed was a disturbing offer from MNP to write our grants for a significant success fee, raising ethical concerns given their role in grant decisions.

Our journey led us to the legislative building in Victoria, where discussions with MLAs revealed further peculiarities. We openly shared our experiences, highlighting the conflict of interest with MNP's dual role in grant administration and writing. Despite our transparency and the ensuing media coverage, the NDP government hesitated to investigate these concerning overlaps.

This video is more than a story about a potentially foolish financial decision; it's a testament to our commitment to integrity at Edison Motors. We had the chance to align with MNP for better grant prospects but chose transparency over potential financial gain. It's a decision that may have cost us financially, but one I hope resonates with our values of honesty and transparency. Join me as I unravel this intricate tale, reflect on our choices, and ponder the true cost of staying true to one's principles in the face of adversity.

We have an Election this year, and hope that future governments are more transparent than our current NDP Government.

We have support from the BC Conservatives, BC United, and the BC Green Party.... Please Vote.



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