What would a 100% Quebec electric car look like?

The Compagnie Électrique Lion battery plant project announced last week confirms, so to speak, the repositioning of the Quebec transportation industry, which relies on electrification to establish itself internationally. It is not tomorrow the day before that we will assemble electric cars in the province, however. But that does not prevent dreaming …

The Quebec transportation industry markets commercial or vocational vehicles (think garbage service dump trucks) to grow. That doesn’t stop the many companies that make it up from making just about everything needed to produce automobiles. Here is the proof.

Quebec performance

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Dana TM4 electric motor

The little story of Quebec’s electric car cannot be told without a nod to Hydro-Quebec’s wheel motor, which was spun off in the 1990s under the name TM4, then which became a joint venture called Dana TM4. It already designs electric motors for all types of applications: cars, vans, buses and commercial vehicles … Integrating one or two motors (or more) to drive the four wheels and produce a four-wheel drive vehicle would make the car Quebecois more assured and more efficient.

Arrow-belt batteries

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Osram LionSmart Battery

Batteries for electric vehicles are not made in one piece. These are small cells that are assembled to compose a battery of the desired size: 75 kilowatt-hours, 85 kilowatt-hours, 100 kilowatt-hours … By announcing its project to manufacture batteries in Quebec, the Compagnie Électrique Lion takes the bet that American manufacturers will want to find. a local supplier for that component which would otherwise be from China or Korea instead. Creating domestic demand in Quebec by producing an electric vehicle powered by locally made batteries would be a big boost to this ambitious project.

Designed in Quebec

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BRP’s eCOM electric prototype

We often forget it, but Quebec relies on a manufacturer of recreational vehicles that has enjoyed enormous success for several years: BRP. Its personal watercraft, snowmobiles and, above all, quads (ATVs) bear witness to its ability to produce vehicles adapted to the tastes of the general public. Some of its ATVs have a format that is not so far from resembling that of a small car, which would only need a closed cabin and a little more comfortable to hit the road. In addition, the management of the manufacturer of Valcourt has been juggling for several years with electrification projects that would only need a little help to be carried out on a large scale.

(Very) fast recharge

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Flo fast charging stations from Quebec company AddÉnergie designed for the Hydro-Quebec Electric Circuit

Porsche, Tesla and others have marketed electric vehicles that can accelerate the recharging of their batteries by connecting to terminals that are exclusive to them. A self-respecting electric car must offer a fast charging solution that allows you to recover a large part of its range in a few minutes. A Quebec car could benefit from such an exclusive network of terminals. AddÉnergie de Québec specializes in the design and manufacture of charging stations. Its range of Flo charging stations for the home (and for certain public networks) is one of the best known in the province. It already manufactures 100 kilowatt fast charging stations for the Hydro-Québec Electric Circuit. 150 kilowatt stations reserved for Quebec cars would attract buyers …

Quebecois and autonomous

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Lidar sensor from LeddarTech

We cannot talk about an electric car without addressing the issue of autonomous driving. No worries here, Quebec is well served by LeddarTech, which has evolved its lidar sensors over the past few years to make it a more complete autonomous driving solution that can easily be integrated into large vehicles. public. One of the strengths of LeddarTech’s technology, in addition to being designed in Quebec, is that it was designed from the start to be relatively inexpensive to manufacture and deploy. As a bonus, LeddarTech has just presented a new simulation platform to make its autonomous driving more efficient. A Quebec platform well aware of winter road conditions …

A car that pays for itself

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Carpool application from Montreal-based Netlift

Tesla has been thinking about it for a few years now: offering its customers the tools so that they can lease their vehicle on a short-term basis. Think of an automotive Airbnb. It’s a way to make some extra cash when your vehicle isn’t needed. An application like Turo offers precisely this formula to all motorists. The Quebec car could count on a Quebec platform: the Montreal company Netlift is already doing halfway with its carpooling application. Offering the possibility of sharing your car in the absence of its owner would only be a logical evolution of this application.

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