EV2014VÉ Conference set for Vancouver, October 28-30

by John Brian Shannon John Brian Shannon

EV2014VÉ Conference Vancouver to be held October 28-30, at the Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC Canada.

Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

EV2014VÉ Conference Vancouver is the première electric vehicle conference and trade show in Canada with hundreds of delegates, industry experts, and industry guest speakers attending and is organized and promoted by Electric Mobility Canada. There will be static EV and PHEV displays available to view and photograph.

EV2014VÉ Conference Vancouver will take place at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver, October 28-30, Tuesday-Thursday 8:30am-5:30pm.

EV Central has been granted an exclusive interview in advance of the event, with Mr. Al Cormier, CAE, President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, which is organizing and promoting EV2014VÉ Conference Vancouver.

Al Cormier, founder and President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada. Mr. Cormier is also responsible for the organization of EV2014VÉ.
Al Cormier, founder and President and CEO of Electric Mobility Canada. Mr. Cormier is also responsible for the organization of EV2014VÉ.

Q1: Thank you Mr. Cormier for granting EV Central this exclusive interview. Please tell us about EV2014VÉ Vancouver.

A1: EV2014VÉ is Electric Mobility Canada’s 6th national annual conference and trade show. We attract between 400 and 500 delegates and the event has become known as the place to be in Canada for networking on EV’s.

Q2: Can you give us some idea of the overall progress that EV’s have made in North America and specifically in Canada, since year 2000? Additionally, are you able to give some rough statistics on projected EV sales and EV registrations?

A2: Global trends regarding EV’s and PHEV’s are very encouraging. However, Canada’s sales could be better. Canadian sales are clearly enhanced in BC, ON, and QC, which are the provinces with financial incentive programs in place for EV buyers. We at Electric Mobility Canada are working hard to get the BC government to renew its clean energy vehicle program that has just ended.

Global EV sales by 2020. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.
Global EV sales projected through 2020. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.

Q3: How do you see the next 5 years and the next 10 years playing out for EV’s in North America generally, and in Canada specifically? What sales numbers/market penetration would you like to see?

A3: Very well indeed. There are encouraging trends with regard to lower battery costs which will work to lower the cost of EV’s. As EV sales volumes increase, unit costs typically go down and improved battery technology and advanced charging infrastructure is spreading rapidly which will go a long way to reduce so-called EV ‘range anxiety’.

Plug-in vehicle sales per million inhabitants. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.
Plug-in vehicle sales per million inhabitants. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.

Q4: Where do you expect the greatest EV and PHEV growth to occur over the next few years?

A4: EV’s will reach the mainstream very soon. Fleets are typically early adopters and most fleets are already in EV’s or are looking to purchase EV’s.

EV sales incentives available in Canada 2014. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.
EV sales incentives available in Canada 2014. Image courtesy Electric Mobility Canada.

See Part II of this interview July 1st, which will be published here on EV Central for more information and event updates along with a discussion of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).

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EV2014VÉ Conference Vancouver October 28-30, 2014

Visit the website: www.emc-mec.ca

Twitter Hashtag: #EVVEconf

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