Inauguration of a new centre of innovation for intelligent and non-polluting vehicles

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The National Advanced Transportation Center (CNTA) and the Québec Advanced Transportation Institute (ITAQ) held an official inauguration ceremony for their new headquarters to celebrate their new alliance. Now known as the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI), this advanced transport research center gathered together over 150 important actors of the political, scientific and industrial fields in its headquarters, in Saint-Jérôme.

The merger between the CNTA and the ITAQ facilitated the creation of a very powerful organization. With its 20 specialists in charge of electrification, energy management and automated driving projects, this Institute, the only one of its kind in Canada, is the place where companies can now turn to for applied research, development, assessment and implementation of innovative technologies for the vehicular world”, explained the IVI’s General Director, François Adam.

With its extended network of partners, highly equipped laboratories and increased know-how, the next few years are expected to bring about numerous technological breakthroughs. Tens of projects are already underway and others will begin this fall. « We want to accelerate innovation and contribute to the competitiveness of companies opting for the creation of both intelligent and non-polluting products. We are, in essence, aiming for social and environmental progress,” added the IVI’s Chairman of the board, Renaud Cloutier.

Strong foundations for this new industry pillar

Based on the wonders created by CNTA and ITAQ over the past 20 years, the new chapter, which IVI is beginning, promises to be unforgettable. Over the past two decades, these two entities both participated in major projects in Québec aiming to reduce the ecological footprint for means of transportation, and their involvement has time and again proven to be a mark of success. To that effect, the Director General of Lion buses, Marc Bédard, offered a testimony to the fruitful collaboration he’s created with these resources in advanced transportation: « Every time we gave a mandate to either of these technical and scientific teams, convincing results ensued. To now be able to turn towards a unique portal which regroups the improved expertise of all of these professionals is very encouraging for the evolution of future projects!” If there already existed a strong bond and vote of confidence between these two industry partners, there is no doubt that the consolidation of their teams will now result in an increased synergy.

It’s with this same optimism towards the future that Alexandre Taillefer, main associate at XPND Capital, spoke on the matter: The electrification of means of transportation is one of the most important economic opportunities that Québec has seen and the IVI is assuredly an important asset to do so. Together, we can create a new forward-thinking industry, which will bring about wealth for future generations. We have the capacity to develop an unequaled expertise which will make us shine on an international level.”

A well-established center for innovation

The progress made by the IVI will continue to hail from Saint-Jérôme, which is resolutely focused on sustainable mobility. “The electrification of our means of transportation is our top priority; this project and line of development is fundamental for Québec society. We have all the tools and resources required to become a world leader in the field of electrical transport. I am proud that the headquarters for the Innovative Vehicle Institute are in Saint-Jérôme. The Institute represents an essential first step to decreasing the carbon footprint of our travels. I want to congratulate all actors and wish them continued success!”, declared Pierre Karl Péladeau, MNA for Saint-Jérôme.

The IVI established its offices at the heart of a city which was designated as a laboratory for the trial of electrical vehicles, an exceptional by-law accorded by the Transportation Ministry in Québec, and which paves the way to tests which will be conducted by the research center. “Saint-Jérôme is proud to pursue its partnership in the advanced transport industry. Improving energy efficiency is a stake shared by all actors of the transport field, as well as by the population, but also by cities and governments, especially concerning service vehicles and mass transportation », noted the city’s Mayor, Stéphane Maher.

It is with this same pride that Francine Paquette, General Director for the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, added: Since the IVI also functions as an affiliated member of the Collegial Center of Technological Transfer (CCTT), our partnership places us among the most prolific Cégeps in terms of innovation. Last year, the Cégep was ranked 21st out of 50 Canadian collegiate establishments that conduct research activities. With the newfound energy created by this merger, we now aim to be top of the group!”

Frederick Prigge, the IVI’s Research and Development Director, then invited the guests to tour the exhibition of the numerous electrical vehicles designed and created in collaboration with the team members.