The research center of the Innovative Vehicle Institute is inaugurated in Saint-Jérôme

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The research center of the Innovative Vehicle Institute is inaugurated in Saint-Jérôme

Christophe Cabocel, on the left, a researcher from the Innovative Vehicle Institute, with the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, during the inauguration of the research center in Saint- Jerome.

The Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI), which helps Quebec companies design and create autonomous, electric and connected vehicles, inaugurated its new research center on Friday in Saint-Jérôme in the presence of the Minister of x27;Economy, Innovation and Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and the Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette.

In one of the laboratories of the new center, IVI researchers and students undertook research to help the company Pratt & Whitney to develop the aviation of the future.

It is an applied research project, we are in the process of setting up a platform which will be able to simulate all the conditions which will arise in an aircraft which has a hybrid propulsion engine, explained the director of the IVI , Francois Adam.

IVI researchers and students perform all kinds of tests on batteries and electrical systems that will eventually be used in aircraft.

“It's part of the solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, because aviation is a big contributor. »

— François Adam, director of the IVI

A few months ago, the IVI launched, with various partners, the first phase of #x27;testing an electric mining truck. The engine and the components of the truck have been replaced, in order to fully electrify the vehicle and test it in real conditions, on the future site of a graphite mine in Saint-Michel-des-Saints.

In Quebec, we don't make cars, but we make trucks, we make buses, we make all kinds of specialized vehicles, so it's that whole industry that we help to electrify, specified François Adam.

The institute, which aims to become a North American leader in vehicle innovation, has also worked closely with Lion Electric to develop Quebec's first electric school buses. Recently, he participated in the design of an autonomous agricultural robot with electric motorization.

In addition to research and development of new technologies, the IVI offers a program to facilitate the electrification of the heavy truck fleets of organizations and municipalities.

The transportation sector is responsible for 45% of Quebec's GHGs, one-third of which comes from heavy vehicles.

The Rechargeable Fleet project, funded by the Government of Quebec, allows some thirty organizations to test heavy electric vehicles, to encourage them to make the switch to clean energy.

The institute supports fleet managers by providing “the necessary tools and knowledge” for them to implement the fleet electrification plan. their fleet of heavy vehicles.

The new buildings for the IVI, which is affiliated with the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme, cost $14.3 million, of which $12.7 million came from the Quebec government.

In the opinion of Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon, these facilities, with their state-of-the-art laboratories and research instruments, are in perfect harmony with the priorities of [his] ministry concerning energy, the battery sector, the electrification of transport and innovation.

Basic research, applied research, the knowledge we have here, that's what will give us credibility internationally. isn't the factories as such, the factories have to bind themselves to that. For example, I look at companies like General Motors or BASF, they like what is happening in Quebec, said Minister Fitzgibbon.

His environment colleague, Minister Benoit Charrette, pointed out that with the end of the sale of gasoline vehicles in 2035, this announcement will ;is in line with this important shift for Quebec.

Certain students and professors from Cégep de Saint-Jérôme are invited to participate in IVI research activities. This expertise allows the establishment to offer an attestation of college studies in electric vehicles, the only school in Quebec to offer it, according to the Innovative Vehicle Institute.< /p>

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