Gatineau’s the place to be when you’re into EV
By Anthony Capkun
September 17, 2013 – With the theme of “Accelerating EV Growth”, Electric Mobility Canada’s (EMC) Electric Vehicles Conference and Trade Show (EV2013) next month aims to promote interaction between all stakeholders and help advance the Canadian EV industry. And EBMag will be there!
“There is still work to be done, but the conference and trade show is the opportunity to bring all the players together in a consensus-building environment, draw conclusions and prepare the way for the industry’s development,” said Matt Stevens, EMC chair.
Several distinguished guests will be on hand, including Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s minister of the environment; Martine Ouellet, Quebec’s minister of natural resources; and Marianne Molmen, senior executive officer with the City of Oslo, Norway.
The program provides workshops of varying topics, including:
• Reducing the cost of the next generations of electric engines with new materials (National Research Council of Canada a.k.a. NRCan).
• Electrification of public transit: challenges and issues (Société de transport de Laval).
• Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program: lessons learned (Ontario Ministry of Transportation).
• Consumer attitudes toward EVs: price analysis and role of policies (Centre for Emerging Renewable Energy Inc.).
• Manufacturers’ perspective: shedding light on new products and future plans in the EV field (General Motors of Canada, Mitsubishi Motors Sales of Canada, Mercedes Benz Canada, Ford of Canada and Nissan Canada).
The conference anticipates over 400 delegates from government agencies; car manufacturers; suppliers of parts, components and professional services to the electric vehicle industry; provincial and municipal utilities; fleet managers and other end users; and research and training centres.
Organizers remind us EV2013 is made possible, in part, by the support of industry sponsors and government bodies, including the Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, Environment Canada, Hydro-Quebec, Ford and Chevrolet.