Ground transportation companies in Québec operate in a wide variety of fields, including commercial vehicles, recreational and specialty vehicles, automobiles, rail transportation and electric mobility.
French autonomous shuttle makers EasyMile and Navya have partnered with Transdev and Keolis Canada to break into the Canadian market. Their driverless minibuses have arrived in Montréal last May, where they are getting a test run. Navya transports passengers on closed-circuit routes, especially at airports. Easymile's minibuses have been circulating in several cities aournd the world, including in Paris.
Specializing in electronic devices and solutions for train automation and onboard train communication applications, Italian company MIOS Elettronica will set up shop in Longueuil, Québec, near Montréal, in order to serve the North American railway market.
Following a very successful 2017 edition, which drew more than 4,000 participants, Movin’On, Michelin’s international summit on sustainable mobility will be back in Montréal in 2018, confirming the city’s status as an exciting hub of innovation.
Volvo Group’s Québec-based subsidiary Nova Bus will invest $90 million over six years to modernize its plants and reinforce its R&D efforts. The program includes upgrading the company’s facilities by automating operations and introducing innovative, energy-efficient processes and digital technologies.
Switzerland’s ABB, a global leader in the power and automation sectors, has chosen to set up its North American Centre of Excellence in E-Mobility in Montréal. This new COE is part of a $90-million investment in ABB’s Canadian headquarters, which are located in Montréal. Among other things, the centre will serve to develop energy-management solutions for electric buses and trains.
The outlook for this industry is excellent worldwide and especially in North America, where major projects continue to be launched. Why not take advantage of these business opportunities?
Many hybrid vehicles and specialized electric vehicles are now manufactured in Québec:
By investing heavily in postsecondary education, Quebec has expanded access and achieved one of the highest graduation rates in OECD countries. Companies can draw from an impressive pool of qualified engineers, with over 60,000 among the ranks of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec alone.
Since Québec’s transportation industry boasts major innovative players in a number of key sectors, collaborative efforts are easier to initiate, encouraging the development of cutting-edge solutions. One example is
Dassault Systèmes , which has developed a 3D modelling platform that allows manufacturers to create virtual prototypes of vehicle parts before undertaking their actual design. In this way, they are able to design parts that integrate seamlessly with each other and create high-performance vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of market needs.
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