Canada Invests in World’s First, Fully Automated Pick-Up Parking System in London
August 14, 2019 London, Ontario Natural Resources Canada
Canada's climate plan is working for our planet, and it is working for Canadians. Zero-emission, autonomous vehicles play a key role in the clean economy of tomorrow. As Canadians continue to make greener choices, the Government of Canada is delivering more options for them to drive where they need to go while reducing pollution.
Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $2.4 million to s2e Technologies to test the world’s first integrated, automated electric vehicle (EV) parking system, offering residents fully automated pick-up and parking within their community.
This investment will demonstrate a new and innovative parking and charging infrastructure for autonomous and electric vehicles and will test capabilities at a smaller scale to see if Canadian communities can support the technology.
This innovative parking tower, situated in London’s West 5 community, will function as an automated valet service for community-shared electric vehicles. The driverless vehicles will be dispatched to a resident’s doorstep when prompted, reducing the need for car ownership within the community. The control system will demonstrate the integration of a number of innovative charging technologies and will address the lack of high-density EV charging in parking-restricted urban environments.
This investment, through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure Program, is key to building Canada’s clean growth economy, helping accelerate the deployment and market entry of next-generation clean energy infrastructure, including Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations.
s2e Technologies, based in St. Jacobs, Ontario, develops economically and ecologically beneficial clean energy solutions for Canadians and strives to tackle climate change head-on. With operations around the world, its technological advancements in energy solutions aim to build resilient, sustainable communities through specialized energy transformation offerings.
Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that cleaner transportation options are a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will advance Canada’s green future and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.
“By investing in state-of-the-art technology like autonomous vehicles, we are ensuring that Canada is at the forefront of the latest automotive innovations and making life easier for Canadians. Investments in technological infrastructure, including companies like s2e Technologies, help create a cleaner, greener future that ensures our transition toward a low-carbon economy.”
- Kate Young
Member of Parliament for London West
“At s2e, we've been looking at the issue of climate change for a generation now. We have a team here who is demonstrating — every day — the kind of leadership required to make some very profound changes in the way we live, our relationship with our vehicles, with the planet and with one another. With this announcement today, we are — once again — pushing the envelope of what is possible. Each step we take in building smart communities, and imagining smart mobility, brings us closer to the kind of sustainable development that will better the environment and give our children a brighter future.”
- Milfred Hammerbacher
Founder and CEO, s2e Technologies
“We know that we are at the cusp of a revolutionary change in mobility: the way we get around in our daily lives. That means a radical re-think of our relationship with our vehicles and a stepping away from the idea that every home will have a large garage, with multiple vehicles. At s2e, we are already envisioning smart communities with car shares, electric and autonomous vehicles, and centralized parking and EV charging. We’re exploring everything from standard Level 2 charging, to wireless charging to V2G, to automatic charging connection and then integrating these various technologies into high-density parking — because we believe that this is what the future looks like. The funding announced today for the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration (EVID) project will allow us to develop the world's first electric vehicle automated parking facility: so we can demonstrate that this kind of future is not just possible but just around the corner.”
- Ady Vyas
Vice-President, Energy and Mobility Solutions, s2e Technologies
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