The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and Propulsion Québec, the cluster for electric and smart transportation, have released a study entitled Positioning Quebec and Montréal as leaders in electric and smart transportation. The study is meant to fuel much-needed reflection that will enable Quebec and Montréal to stand out in this economic sector of the future.
"The electric and smart transportation niche has incredible economic and technological potential, and the city has a unique opportunity to take its place in that niche," said Michel Leblanc, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal.
"We have everything we need to make our presence felt: a critical core of technology talent and businesses, a concentration of global leaders in artificial intelligence, and, of course, world-renowned creativity."
Leblanc encouraged industry decision makers to read the report. "We all need to adopt the avenues for action it identifies to enable local businesses to develop the mobility innovations and solutions of tomorrow," he said.
"The future of mobility is connected, autonomous, shared, electric vehicles," said Sarah Houde, CEO of Propulsion Québec. "This study shows that Quebec has assets to distinguish itself in these niches."
Houde said Quebec needs to use its recognized expertise in electrification and innovative land transportation businesses in the province. She also noted that regulations need to keep up with innovation, if the sector is to succeed.
"The study provides an analytical tool for the best ways to support the deployment and commercialization of transportation innovations," she said. "Propulsion Québec is determined to bring together industry stakeholders to make Quebec the ultimate place to develop, test and implement new mobility technology."
The study offers an overview of Quebec's regulatory framework alongside an analysis of international best practices. It also recommends that Quebec and Greater Montréal increase the offerings of electric and smart mobility products and services developed in Quebec; increase demand for electric and smart transportation; and ensure the growth of the transportation industry by optimizing and coordinating government strategies.
The study – in French only – can be seen at ccmm.ca/etude_transports_electriques.