Mohamed Mezghani, member of International Association of Public Transport; Marco Viviani, from ridesharing company, Communauto; and Chris Schafer, from Lime, participated in a panel discussion on sustainable mobility as a public service. Catherine Kargas, from Marcon, participated as debate moderator. (Photos: Caroline Morneau)
The 10th annual Electric Commercial Vehicle Tradeshow (EV2019VÉ) hosted by Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) registered over 400 participants. The international event took place in Quebec City from May 6 to 9.
Dozens of electric mobility experts from across Canada as well as from the U.S., Latin America and Europe, converged upon the conference venue to network, exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends in electric mobility. In addition, over 35 exhibitors also attended to present their products, including opportunities to test drive a number of EV over the course of the event.
Several guest speakers were also present during the four-day event. They covered a wide range of topics including Municipal, Provincial and Federal public transit EV incentives, mobility initiatives in Canada and abroad, as well as ideas and tips on how to integrate EVs in existing fleets. Energy management and smart-charging issues were of particular interest throughout the entire course of the event. While no later than last year, electric mobility stakeholders were trying hard to convince the transportation industry to jump onto the bandwagon, a year later, experts were more interested in energy management issues impacting current EV owners and offering advice to avoid overcharge and manage demand. These issues underline the fact that electric vehicle usage is rapidly becoming mainstream.
Additional conference information will be published in the next issue of fleetdigest. Until then, you can consult the photos below summarizing the event.
Matthew Klippenstein, from Plug In BC, located in Vancouver, pointed out the fact that EV market share in British Columbia had grown to 3.7% as of September 2018, and is the Canadian leader. This result is attributable to several EV initiatives implemented by the BC Government.
Alain Beaulieu, Tom Simmons and Pieter VandenBos, from Jim Pattison Leasing, were sighted at the event.
Approximately 35 vendors were in attendance to present their latest products.
Gleb Nikiforov and Dimitri Tvorogov, from Alpha, presented their new touchscreen smart-charging technology.
Several exhibitors presented the smart-charging technology which they developed. The number of similar initiatives has grown considerably over the last 12 months.
François Marchand, who is responsible for electrification initiatives for the Centre de gestion de l’équipement roulant (CGER), manages a public fleet of over 1000 electric and hybrid vehicles.
Lluis Alegre Valls, from the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority (behind the mike), presented Barcelona’s electric transit bus network. The panel discussion, which addressed the issue of public transit electrification and carsharing, also included panelists Alexandre Beaudet, from InnovÉÉ; Catherine Kargas, from Marcon and Ben Sharpe, Researcher at The international council on clean transportation Canada.
On the evening of May 7, conference participants were invited to a networking event which was held at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
The 10th edition of the conference registered over 400 participants.
Sylvain Castonguay, president of Nordresa (pictured left), was bestowed with the Al Cormier Prize, while Louis Tremblay, AddÉnergie president (pictured right), accepted the Electric Mobility Canada award on behalf of AddÉnergie. Both recipients were recognized for their outstanding contributions in the promotion of transportation electrification in Canada. Renaud Cloutier, from Hydro-Quebec, is pictured between the recipients.
Andrea Brown, from Ontario Power Generation, hosted a conference explaining the successful integration of EVs into their existing fleet. She believes that the key to succeeding such initiatives lies in the importance of mobilizing and reassuring team members and including them in the process.