Ground transportation companies operate in a wide variety of fields, including commercial vehicles, recreational and specialty, automobiles and rail transportation.
Many hybrid vehicles and specialized electric vehicles are now manufactured in Québec:
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?
With 46% of the Canadian market, Québec continues to lead the pack when it comes to electric vehicle sales in 2015. (source : http://www.fleetcarma.com/ev-sales-canada-2015/ ) The electrification of transportation is a priority for the provincial government. It has launched the second edition of its 2015-2016 Transportation Electrification Action Plan, which includes a $420 funding commitment.
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.
In January 2016, Investissement Québec entered into a joint business venture with France-based PSA Group and Exagon Motors , as well as IndusTech, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary, to accelerate research and development on components for high-performance electric vehicles.
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.
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 designed the first fully electric school bus. Baptized “eLion,” the new bus has a 120-km range and boasts the same power as traditional buses. The first electric school bus was rolled out in 2014, and some 50 are now on our roads. Powered by a fully electric TM4 engine developed by a Hydro-Québec subsidiary, the eLion bus is built in Saint-Jérôme. The vast majority of the company’s 150 suppliers are Québec businesses.
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.