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22 Jan 2014

Minister Lisée presents the Transportation Electrification Strategy to Japanese decision-makers

Minister Jean-François Lisée trying out an all-electric Nissan recreational car. Photo: Office of the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade

Minister Jean-François Lisée discussed the benefits of transportation electrification yesterday in Tokyo with Japan’s Corporate Vice President, External and Government Affairs, Toshifumi Hirai, and the General Director of Technical Solutions, Makoto Yoshida.

The topic was also discussed with the Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Minister Lisée presented Québec’s transportation electrification priorities and explored avenues for collaboration in research and innovation.

“Today, we have moved Québec’s case for transportation electrification forward,” said Minister Lisée, who was accompanied by the Director of the energy conversion and storage group at Hydro-Québec’s Electricity Research Institute (IREQ), Karim Zaghib.

Québec know-how

Québec’s expertise gives it a competitive advantage in the global market. It can count on an R&D capacity of international calibre, especially in the components manufacturing sector, as well as in areas related to future modes of transportation.

The electric vehicles industry in Québec comprises more than sixty companies supported by nearly thirty college and university research centres; 3,000 direct and indirect jobs; and several initiatives backed by government investments of $516.1 million by 2017. Of that amount, $221.7 million are earmarked for the development of a world-class industrial sector.

“This mission provides us with an opportunity to make several key Japanese decision-makers aware of the importance and serious nature of Québec’s transportation electrification strategy. Our Japanese discussion partners are listening to us with keen interest,” added the Minister.

Over the course of the day, Minister Lisée also visited the Yokohama Smart City Project, and more specifically the Smart House, accompanied by a delegation of Québec researchers.

Québec Government Office in Tokyo

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