This project aims to facilitate changes in behaviour and practices to encourage the adoption of a new technology by providing heavy vehicle fleet managers with the tools they need to make an informed decision about the electrification of their fleet. The project will be divided into three phases spread out over 36 months. The first phase will be devoted to the organization of 8 regional workshops prepared by IVI. These will be given throughout Quebec to about 100 heavy vehicle fleet managers from companies, organizations or municipalities. These meetings will allow them to learn about all the considerations associated with an electrification project and will be an opportunity for them to try out electric trucks. During the second phase, 30 companies will have the opportunity to have their usage data analyzed and will be guided to begin their transition. Finally, the third phase will allow 5 companies to test an electric truck in their fleets for one month.
Through its ‘Plug-in Fleet – Heavy Trucks’ project, IVI will facilitate the shift to electric vehicles in companies by working with its industry partners. We will inform, equip and train heavy vehicle owners and operators at no cost to help them electrify their fleets, in addition to offering demonstrations of electric trucks in the context of real operations.
François Adam, Eng., General Manager at IVI.
To carry out this project, IVI will be able to count on a strong collaboration from its partners in the transportation industry. They will act as experts and provide a clear picture of the field, its knowledge, issues and needs, as well as lending electric trucks for the ride & drive workshops and demonstration phases. The key information and views of these partners will be highly useful to IVI in order to offer solutions adapted to the reality and needs of the industry.
IVI is pursuing its objective of lowering the barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles in Quebec fleets, initiated with the Plug-in Fleet project, which had been financially supported as part of Action-Climat Québec in 2017. In total, no less than 30 companies across the province and over 300 employees had participated in the trials. In the end, 63% of the companies had changed their practices and adopted electric vehicles. We can therefore say that such a national awareness project brings concrete and lasting results, giving us great hope for the future.
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