uWindsor signs MOU to study market for Chinese electric vehicles

September 23, 2014

The University of Windsor has announced that it has signed a MOU with China to study the market for Chinese-made electric vehicles in North America. The project will involve the Auto21 Network of Centres of Excellence as well as the faculty of engineering, and would be conducted on behalf of the China Machinery Industry Federation and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade-Automotive Branch. Tony Faria, Co-Director of the Office of Automotive and Vehicle Research at the University of Windsor, said that the particulars of the deal have yet to be confirmed, but that there is the potential for the partnership to grow into “a much bigger contract.” He also said that there may be the potential for a Chinese manufacturing facility to be established in Canada. However, he also admitted that “it would be a tough sell. Right now, electric vehicles themselves are a tough sell because of the cost, range limitations, and availability of charging stations.” Still, many are optimistic about where the deal could lead. “It’s a big deal for Windsor,” said Windsor city councillor Drew Dilkens. “It positions the University and their research capability and, at the end of the day, brings jobs to the community.” Windsor Star