Students with the University of Toronto’s Electric Vehicle (UTEV) research center are researching several ways to make EVs more affordable and efficient for consumers through their work with industry. This photo was taken prior to the COVID – 16 pandemic. (UTEV)
Keeping intellectual property in Canada
One professor at the University of Toronto’s Electric Vehicle (UTEV) research center says Canada’s electric vehicle strategy should also include keeping intellectual property and talent in Canada.
Engineers at the UTEV have been working with industry on new ways to make EVs more affordable and efficient for consumers, including wireless and robotic charging.
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“It’s not just about manufacturing,” said Olivier Trescases, director of the UTEV.
“It’s also about the intangibles, the knowledge economy and actually owning intellectual property that you can collect money on licensing, scaling and so on. And that’s something that Canada needs.”
The professor of electrical engineering, who has seen many of his students recruited by companies like Tesla, Apple, and SpaceX, said it’s important that we keep that talent in Canada as the country moves towards electric mobility.
“We need to just be very objective and evaluate the success and the metrics around innovation, not just from the obvious greenhouse gas production standpoint, but the economic benefit for the country,” Trescases said.
“I think we have a lot to gain. We also have a lot to lose. And we risk missing the boat.”
With files from a Canadian Press story produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook-Canadian Press News Fellowship, which is not involved in the editorial process.