Montreal, QC – June 20, 2016 – FPInnovations’ PIT Group, a not-for-profit engineering and research centre for the North American trucking industry, and its partners PRECICAD inc., a product development specialist, and KARGO, an electric vehicle manufacturer, today announced they have formed a consortium called movera to develop, custom-manufacture and market innovative, iconic electric compact passenger vehicles.
The group officially launched the alliance during EVS29, the world’s largest international electric vehicle conference, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, where an example of one of the company’s current manufacturing products, a compact transit system vehicle for Calgary International Airport, is on display.
The initial compact transit system vehicle designed by the partners, to become part of the YYC LINK passenger shuttle system at Calgary International Airport (YYC), was introduced today to Minister Jacques Daoust, Quebec’s Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, by Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations, Pierre Dion, President of PRECICAD and KARGO, and Yves Provencher, Director of FPInnovations’ PIT Group.
The companies within the consortium were selected by the Calgary Airport Authority, which operates Calgary International Airport to design and manufacture the vehicles. Two other Quebec-based designers, Institut du véhicule innovant, and Deutschman Design, were also engaged in the project.
“This project is a good example of an ambitious partnership; it shows the capacity of our companies to successfully take up major challenges. The design and development of these electric shuttles deserve great admiration. The companies that took part in the project prove that, in the transportation electrification field, innovation and successful partnerships produce convincing results that are recognized beyond Québec’s borders. I hope this will be a source of inspiration for other projects as ambitious and innovative, and that it will generate more structuring initiatives that will contribute to Québec’s economic development and help it achieve its objectives in transportation electrification”
- Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Jacques Daoust.
“Given FPInnovations’ long history of research and development in the forestry transport sector and our strong support of collaborative projects, I am pleased to announce the creation of movera. This partnership is a shining example of the power of collaboration to create innovative projects that can lead to unique, environmentally-friendly products. I am excited by the potential that movera offers in this regard.”
- Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations
“We are excited to be partnering with FPInnovations’ PIT Group as we embark on an exciting new venture with movera. We at PRECICAD and KARGO are well positioned to leverage our knowledge of the electric vehicle industry in developing more innovative projects with the PIT Group under our alliance.”
- Pierre Dion, President of PRECICAD and KARGO
- In December 2013, after reviewing numerous transportation options, the Calgary Airport Authority launched a request for proposal for the procurement of 20 custom electric passenger shuttles as part of development of new International Terminal facilities at the Calgary International Airport. FPInnovations’ PIT Group called upon four Quebec- based partners – PRECICAD, KARGO, Institut du véhicule innovant, and Deutschman Design – to create a consortium and win the contract.
- movera is a Quebec-based consortium that develops, manufactures and markets innovative electric shuttles to transport people. movera produces custom iconic compact vehicles to allow an organization, institution or a municipality to stand out and deliver exceptional customer experience.
YYC LINK Passenger Shuttle Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COsznJBxnnA
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the
Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for every area of the sector’s value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations’ staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.
About PIT Group
Based in Montréal, Québec, PIT Group is a division of FPInnovations that was formed in 2008. The unbiased, neutral
testing organization helps manufacturers evaluate and refine prototypes and fleet managers select the best technologies to reduce costs and environmental impact. The group consists of engineers, technicians, ecodriving trainers and fleet management specialists that promote efficient energy use by fleet members in the commercial transportation, municipal and transit industries across North America. PIT Group works in cooperation with the U.S. SmartWay Transport Partnership, Natural Resources Canada, and Environment Canada, which has selected PIT as the benchmark facility for testing green transportation technologies. For more information, visit www.thepitgroup.com.
Founded in 1993, PRECICAD is an important partner in product development. Recognizing the diverse needs of its customers, the company provides its clients a team of industrial designers, engineers and mechanical designers using state of the art equipment and technology.
In movera, PRECICAD’s role is to develop vehicle concepts and provide assistance in the design of new shuttles. The mechanical design boasts the latest advances in modeling and numerical simulation for manufacturing prototypes and high-quality production units. www.precicad.com.
As a manufacturer of light, robust and ecological electric vehicles, KARGO is in charge of the molded structure and component supply chain at movera. Moreover, KARGO also provides after-sales services to the movera clients.
Terry Knee FPInnovations
PRECICAD and KARGO President
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