Investing in a clean and pollution-free future is one thing, but helping develop the means to reach such a goal is the name of the game! And that is what Senvion Canada is doing, not only via our turbines, but also by partnering with young and ambitious minds, in order to develop a technology that would be beneficial to industries, companies and, eventually, communities: converting polluting pick-ups in electric vehicles with Ecotuned Automoabile.
Echotuned Automobile: a solution to pollutant vehicles
Echotuned Automobile started in 2010 at the École de Technologie Supérieure (School for Superior Technology), in Montreal, Quebec, with Andy Ta, a young engineering student at the time. His main vision is to have a future with electric utility vehicles, through the electric conversion of pick-up trucks; bringing them from polluting vehicles to clean ones. With the help of a few colleagues, professors, private and governmental investments, Andy Ta, CEO of Echotuned Automobile, and his team succeeded in making that conversion with the first reusable electric drive system in the world. Thanks to a financial support of $1.44 Million from Quebec’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, starting summer 2016, ten vehicles will be put to the test in collaboration with public and private partners.
Senvion’s part in this project
Senvion believes on a sustainable future for the next generations. Part of that sustainable future, is the electrification of transport. That is why Senvion decided to help Ecotuned Automobile in their work and contribute to their project with technical and engineering expertise of its employees, as well as providing Ecotuned with a testing ground. Sure enough, with our client Innergex, Senvion agreed with Ecotuned to test one of their vehicle on the Viger-Denonville wind farm. Testing on site would start in February 2017; here the focus will be to analyse the vehicle’s performance in harsh winter conditions and its autonomy in between turbines during maintenance runs by our Service Technicians.
We believe that the data cumulated here will help move forward the project even faster and we hope to bring the final product to more than just one wind farm.