Toronto, Ontario – A group of Canadian companies will form a consortium to help advance electric mobility in Canada. Code-named Project Eve, the group will focus on all aspects of electric vehicles (EVs), including electric motors and drivetrains, battery management, recycling, auxiliary power technologies, smart grids, cognitive car technologies, and engineering and design.
Steve Dallas, CEO of Toronto Electric, and Nathan Armstrong, president of Motive Industries, co-founded Project Eve after reading findings in the Roadmap for Electric Mobility in Canada, a study released by Electric Mobility Canada in cooperation with the Canadian government. The co-founders have direct experience in the creation of such evolutionary electric vehicles as the A2B and Kestrel.
“Our study found that Canada lacked an industry-led initiative to bring together the considerable electric mobility skills and technologies available here,” said Al Cormier, executive director of Electric Mobility Canada. “If Canada is to get its fair share of the new jobs that will come from electric mobility, interested local companies must advance and improve their technologies. This consortium is a definite step in the right direction.”
Canada represents a number of climate-specific challenges for EVs, the consortium said, including heating and cooling, road salts, range, charging and battery management.
Initial companies involved with the planned consortium include Toronto Electric; Motive Industries of Calgary; TM4 Electrodynamic Systems of Quebec; Arcx of Markham, Ontario; Vecture of Vaughan, Ontario; NMA of Toronto; Westward Industries of St. Francois Xavier; Enmax Corporation and Revolute Technologies of Calgary; and Toxco and Delta-Q of British Columbia. The consortium has also formed alliances with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Red Deer College.
Project Eve is an open consortium and discussions are underway with additional participants.