This year’s Electric Mobility Canada conference will focus on the role electric transportation will play in creating livable cities at a time of rapid global urbanization.

Electric Mobility Canada’s (EMC) sixth annual conference and trade show will be held in Vancouver this week, October 28 to 30.

The EMC expects its EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show will attract more than 250 delegates to hear experts from around the world discuss various technical, commercial, and socio-economic topics including the contribution that electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are making to urban sustainability and healthier living spaces by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

“With 10,000 plug-in vehicles registered in Canada as of October 2014, an important benchmark has been reached. We can accelerate the pace of growth to achieve GHG reduction targets, improve urban air quality, create jobs and stimulate economic growth,” said Chantal Guimont, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMC. “It’s now time to build on that momentum by working with associations, governments and corporate leaders to embrace policies and incentives that will encourage the use of even more EVs and the construction of more charging installations to allow urban and interurban EV use.”

Today, the province of British Columbia (B.C.) has 550 government-funded Level 2 (240-volt) electric vehicle charging stations for public and fleet use across the province and nine DC fast charge stations.

“B.C. is EV-Ready! With the most comprehensive network of charging stations in Canada, the EV industry can proceed confidently with further market development of the full range of electrified transportation technologies in British Columbia,” said Minister Polak. “Our government will continue to work with the sector to encourage further adoption of clean, low-emission electric vehicle applications for personal and commercial transportation needs.”

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EV make financial sense because they eliminate the need for gasoline, but the environmental benefits are perhaps an even greater value, added EMC.

The City of Vancouver, host of the conference, said it is striving to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and a big part of its effort is the replacement of the City’s fleet with electric vehicles.

“By introducing electric vehicles into our fleet, the City is taking proactive steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in our daily operations,” said Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston. “By using electric vehicles the City lowers its carbon footprint, builds more affordable communities by helping taxpayers save money on fuel and maintenance costs, all while maintaining efficient service delivery across Vancouver.”

Ms. Guimont pointed out that transport emissions remain the largest contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, representing almost 30 percent of overall emissions of which 55 percent are from light-duty vehicle and small trucks. She stated the conference will cover EVs as well as public transit and other modes of clean transport.

EMC said highlights of the EV2014VÉ Conference and Trade Show include:

  • The plenary session on Tuesday, October 28 where the Honourable David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change – Quebec will pronounce a keynote address;
  • The Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 29 where many EV accomplishments in Canada will be recognized, including the Dealers Awards presented by the Canadian Electricity Association and Plug ‘N Drive;
  • An OEM perspective session on Thursday, October 30 moderated by Vancouver Sun/Province motoring editor, Andrew McCredie that will include a retrospective on Canada’s 2008-09 Technology Roadmap for EVs.

A trade show portion of the conference will be open to the general public between 5pm and 7pm Thursday, October 30 at the Sheraton Wall Centre on Burrard Street in Vancouver.

The general public will also be invited to try the latest EVs by attending a Ride & Drive which will be located adjacent to BC Hydro’s Head Offices at 333 Dunsmuir & Homer St., Vancouver, on Monday, October 27, 2014 from 10AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 7PM.