Impulsion MTL – International Fleet Forum
Fleet industry stakeholders were duly impressed by the first edition of the Impulsion MTL International Fleet Forum, which took place June 3rd and 4th.
The event, which featured over twenty presentations, workshops and round tables, attracted North American fleet industry experts from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, New York and California, who converged upon the Montreal Science Centre to discuss the latest in fleet industry technologies and best practices.
Transportation electrification featured prominently at the event organized by Propulsion Quebec. Several directors of electrified fleets from cities including Vancouver, New York and Montreal, provided insight and guidance to those aspiring to a greener vehicle fleet. In the case of Vancouver, officials have set an objective of 100% zero emission vehicles on city roads by 2050. Montreal estimates that by 2025, its subcompact vehicle fleet will be all-electric. With 18,000 of the 31,000 vehicles in its fleet comprised of low-emission, alternative-fuel vehicles, New York claims to have the world’s largest green vehicle fleet.
The international fleet forum also featured the latest developments in the field of telemetry, autonomous vehicle power management and artificial intelligence. The June 4th session kicked off with a panel featuring representatives from Flo, ChargePoint, Innovative Vehicle Institute and elQ Mobility, who discussed practical ways to maximize vehicle recharging operations.
The panel discussion was followed by a presentation by Benoît Couture, president of Quebec-based Lithion Recycling, which is currently developing a lithium-ion battery recycling process. The company’s objectives would see them building recycling facilities capable of recycling 95% of lithium-ion battery components across the globe by 2030.
Fleet management safety issues were also addressed in a number of forum workshops.
Several Quebec companies leveraged the exposure provided by the international forum to make important announcements. The Lion Electric Co.and Boivin Evolution joined forces to develop the first all-electric fully-automated refuse truck. Lentenda presented its new all-electric passenger bus concept developed specifically for extremely cold climates.
Additional forum workshop and conference content will be available in the next edition of fleetdigest.