Movin’On: Setting the Wheels in Motion

Movin’On: Setting the Wheels in Motion
Over 4000 participants took part in the 2018 Movin'On Summit, which took place from May 30th to June 1st at the Arsenal, in Montreal’s innovation-driven Griffintown area. (Photos: Josée Hamelin)

Over 4000 conference participants gathered at the Arsenal in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood from May 30 to June 1 for the 2018 edition of the Movin’On Summit.

Beyond its noble aspirations, the event serves as a platform for those aspiring to a greener mobility and transportation future. Several groundbreaking initiatives were launched that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the future of sustainable mobility.

Case in point: Michelin, which organizes this international summit in collaboration with C2 and numerous additional partners, announced that by 2048, all of the tires it produces will be made from renewable resources and will be 100 % recycled.

All-Electric Priced Like Diesel

The Lion Electric Co. presented an all-electric minibus able to travel 240 km between charges. Company founder and president, Marc Bédard, who also promised to launch an all-electric urban truck within 6 months, pointed out that the price of the all-electric bus is similar to that of a diesel model, somewhere in the $ 275,000 to $ 400,000 range depending on equipment.

Exporting Talent

Quebec Vice-Premier, Dominique Anglade, unveiled a five-year Ground Transportation Action Plan, in which her Government is injecting 120 million dollars. The goal is to stimulate innovation and research by increasing the visibility and presence of Quebec-based companies across the Globe.

Hydrogen Used to Relieve Range Anxiety

French innovation company Symbio unveiled a hydrogen fuel-cell module which can be retrofitted to electric vehicles to help them double or even triple electric-vehicle autonomy. Symbio President and CEO, Fabio Ferrari, explained how this solution (H2Motiv), which attaches to vehicle cylinder heads, can be refilled with hydrogen within three to five minutes, will be distributed by Michelin.

In addition to these announcements, we had an opportunity to attend several conferences which we will summarize in our upcoming print editions.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one of the first two Movin’On Summits, you’ll be glad to know that it will again be held in Montreal in 2019, from June 4 to 6.

In the meantime, here is a summary of this year’s edition.

Montreal Mayor, Valérie Plante, reviewed the list of her administration’s sustainable mobility goals and accomplishments including hybrid buses and an ambitious extension of the city’s subway system. She is pictured here accompanied by Michelin President and CEO, Jean-Dominique Senard, during the opening session.
A variety of solutions were put forward for the conversion of internal combustion-engine vehicles to electric propulsion, including those developed by Montreal-based Ecotuned.
Members of the association representing Montreal-area new vehicle dealerships (CCAM) were out in force, including Catherine Vachon and Luis Pereira, both Movin’On neophytes.
Quebec Vice-Premier, Dominique Anglade, during the presentation of the 2018-2023 Ground Transportation Action Plan.
With a selling price of $23,000 per unit, Granby Quebec-based electric mini-shuttle company Wattman, distributes its products across the Globe, including London’s Heathrow airport.
Who says that you must search far and wide for innovative ideas? LiDAR autonomous-vehicle radar technology leader, LeddarTech, based in Quebec City, presented its latest cutting-edge LiDAR offering.
Lion Electric Company Founder and President, Marc Bédard, was proud of the fact that the company, located in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec, succeeded in producing a competitively priced all-electric bus in less than one year.
The Lion minibus has a range of 240 km between charges. The company has promised to launch an all-electric urban truck within 6 months.
Isabelle Viger, pictured here at the Total Canada booth, presenting the multi-function filling stations available in Europe.
Michelin team members: Scientific Communications Director, Cyril Roget, alongside Senior VP Sustainable Development and Mobility, Nicolas Beaumont, as they announced that by 2048, 80% of the material used to produce tires will be renewable while 100% of the tires produced will be recycled.
Jean-François Dumas, Eastern Canada Regional Director for Element Fleet Management, accompanied by Maxime-Olivier Hinse and Marc-André Vézina, from Van Houtte Coffee Services,a division of Keurig.
Fabio Ferrari, President and CEO of French company, Symbio, presented a hydrogen module that can be quickly retrofitted to electric vehicles to increase autonomy. Although the technology seems promising, several participants expressed their frustration at the lack of will and snail’s pace of development of a viable hydrogen distribution network this side of the Atlantic…
Krono Automotive Group (St-Basile Ford and Kia Chambly) representative Sabrina Paradis, and Quebec research and development association (ADRIQ) representative, Marylin Rémillard, agreed that their participation in the event was well worth their investment in time.
During an official dinner with members of the North-American press, Michelin chief administrative officer, Joanie Martin, explained how Édouard and André Michelin planted the seeds of the culture of innovation in Michelin’s DNA over 100 years ago with their very first bicycle race, which served to demonstrate the viability of air-chamber tire technology which is still used to this day.

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