ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY DEVELOPMENT
Canada is making significant strides towards the electrification of transportation and becoming a cleantech manufacturing hub. Canada announced that it will ban the sale of fuel-burning new cars and light-duty trucks from 2035 to reach net-zero emissions across the country by 2050.
Kingston’s strategic location is between Canada’s automotive corridor and the raw material supply chain. Kingston is just under a 3-hour drive from Canada’s automotive corridor where major automotive manufacturers such as GM, Ford Motors, and Fiat Chrysler have all committed to building EVs in Canada, makes it a preferred site for companies across the EV supply chain. Whether being a startup seeking technical support and commercialization or a global OEM manufacturer seeking experienced talent, Kingston offers a unique ecosystem that fits well with any business model. Furthermore, Kingston’s proximity to battery raw materials such as cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel offers a great advantage for companies operating in the global battery supply chain scene.
Canada has been a leader in battery recycling over the past couple of years, with several companies building up recycling capacity to meet growing market demands. Kingston with its thriving sustainable outlook and ample R&D capabilities was the springboard for companies such as Cyclic Materials to commercialize their technologies.
“The University supplies the talent that you need… jurisdiction side it’s very close to Toronto, to Montreal, Ottawa, 401, train track. Altogether has actually made Kingston a really excellent destination for start-ups.”
COMPANIES THAT CALL KINGSTON HOME
Queen’s University has the largest mining department in Canada and among the largest in the world. In fact, Queen’s mining engineers account for some 33 percent of all Canadian mining and mineral processing engineers who have graduated from Canadian universities.
The Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) brings together academic and industrial researchers to develop a broad range of applications and expertise, from power transmission to alternative energy, to power consumption to power application-specific integrated circuits.