As a North American hub of the emerging electric vehicle industry, Québec loomed large last month during a Canadian EV trade mission to California showcasing Québec’s savoir-faire in electric drive trains, charging stations, specialty vehicles and advanced light-weight components. The 28 company strong mission to EVS26 – the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium – last May featured 25 Québec-based including TM4, GridBOT, Precicad et Plastik MP and was led by the Quebec Ground Transportation Cluster.
The Quebec Delegation in Los Angeles actively supported this mission by organizing group meetings with Nissan, maker of the all-electric Leaf, as well as with CALSTART, California’s leading clean transportation trade association.
The Quebec Delegation also organized a mission visit to the headquarters of California EV start-up CODA Automotive, where participants had the opportunity to interact with members of CODA’s engineer staff and vehicle development team.
EVS26 is the world’s largest international electric vehicle convention, and the event has grown dramatically in recent years, right along with the booming EV industry.
The 2012 edition broke new attendance records for North America, attracting more than 5,000 industry professionals actively seeking out new technologies and the latest EV innovations. Over 200 exhibitors from 47 countries participated at the event, which also featured sessions and round table discussions with top EV researchers and other industry leaders.