Ground transportation companies operate in a wide variety of fields, including commercial vehicles, recreational and specialty, automobiles and rail transportation.
Québec is committed to driving the future. In 2012, to spur development activity, the government announced a $60-million initiative to design and build a prototype for an electric city bus made of aluminum within three years. The goal is to develop a high-performance bus able to capture a share of this promising market. To carry out the ambitious project, the government has joined forces with a variety of flourishing private sector
companies (Volvo , TM4 , Giro , Sigma Industries , Bolloré and Precicad ) as well as a few of Québec’s renowned research centres.
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?
Montréal’s public transit agency , STM, plans to electrify 95% of its bus network by 2030. The city’s subway system is already fully electric. With this latest step, Montréal will be joining a select group of major cities whose public transit networks are going green, including Grenoble, Lyon, Miami, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.
PMG Technologies uses its facility’s crash areas, vehicle test structures, environmental chambers and test tracks to study vehicles from every angle. A leader in automotive testing, PMG Technologies has been successfully operating Canada’s only test centre for over 15 years.
Blue Solutions , (formerly Bathium Canada) a subsidiary of French group Bolloré, is leading the way! The company will be investing $176 million in its Boucherville facilities to develop and manufacture the lithium metal polymer (LMP®) battery—a North American first! The battery’s many uses will include powering future electric vehicles.
A technological breakthrough in the field of rechargeable batteries was made by Karim Zaghib, a researcher with Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ), working in cooperation with a research institute in Singapore. The innovation could double the storage capacity of next-generation batteries compared to current models, resulting in electric vehicles with greater range!
Québec manufacturer Lion Bus has developed the first fully electric school bus. Baptized “eLion,” the new bus has a 120-km range and boasts the same power as traditional Diesel-powered buses. The company plans to roll out six eLions and is set to deliver the first one this fall.
After an absence of over 30 years, French automaker Renault is returning to North America with its small two-seat electric urban vehicle, the Twizy. Renault is also marketing its Kangoo model, the business version of which is 100% electric. The strong growth of the electric vehicle market in Québec and Canada no doubt helped convince Renault to reenter the vehicle market here.
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.