May 5, 2016
The Innovative Vehicle Institut (IVI) in collaboration with Hydro-Quebec, the Quebec government and the City of Gatineau, is presenting on May 7 and 8 at Place de la Cité, the plug-in vehicle event Branchez-Vous 2016 Gatineau. In support of Quebec’s Transportation Electrification Action Plan, Branchez-Vous promotes the adoption of plug-in vehicles by bringing together professionals of the sector, car manufacturers and EV enthusiasts to offer drivers the possibility to try and compare the different models offered in Quebec.
Quebec drivers are increasingly interested plug-in vehicles, with their new technologies, but actual adoption may be limited by lack of information. The opportunity to try the vehicles and discuss with experienced owners provides information from users and proven professionals. Thus, the driver can better assess his or her needs and identify the best plug-in model for their specific context of use.
Branchez-Vous is also supported by Nissan, Ford and Chevrolet, makers of some of the most popular models in Quebec such as the Nissan LEAF, the Ford C-Max Energi and the Chevrolet Volt. The enthusiasm of the industry is also reflected in the participation of 6 dealerships in the Gatineau event: Hull Nissan, Nissan Dormani, Mont-Bleu Ford, Dilawri Chevrolet Buick GMC, Kia Aylmer and Rallye Mitsubishi.
In all, a dozen different models including 100% electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will be available for test drives during the weekend. Branchez-Vous also has the Renault Twizy, available for test drives for the first time in Gatineau, in collaboration with the official distributor, AZRA. In addition, visitors will have the rare opportunity to view the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (static demonstration), a highly anticipated SUV that should be available in Quebec next Fall.
In addition to vehicle testing, visitors can learn more on other aspects of transportation electrification through information kiosks on site, including the Association of Quebec electric vehicles (AVEQ) and RoulezÉlectrique.com. Finally, in order to stress the importance of acting for the planet, Climat Compétences in collaboration with the Ministry of Forestry, Wildlife and Parks will offer a small tree seedling to the participant(s) of the event. Quantities are limited, arrive early!
Branchez-Vous 2016 Gatineau
Place de la Cité, Gatineau (corner of Boulevards de la Cité and de la Gappe)
Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9:30 am to 7 pm
Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Branchez-Vous is an initiative of the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI).
Consolidating expertise and advanced equipment, the IVI is at the heart of the electric vehicle ecosystem. Its mandate is to assist companies towards innovation through applied research, technical assistance, training and information whose purpose is to reduce the environmental footprint of transport. The IVI is incorporated as a NPO and has the status of a college centre for technology transfer affiliated with the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme. The IVI receives financial support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MESI) and the CRSNG. www.ivisolutions.ca