Electric vehicles will provide a ‘massive’ boost to Sudbury’s economy

The first municipal conference in Greater Sudbury to look at the commercial feasibility of the BEV (battery electric vehicle) business was told Wednesday that it will create tremendous economic prospects in Sudbury and Northern Ontario. The conference, dubbed BEV In Depth, is being hosted at Science North and is being organized by Greater Sudbury Economic Research. Delegates from government, mining, mining supply, the auto sector, and battery development businesses are expected to attend.

As the demand for battery electric vehicles develops, so too does the demand for new industrial and automotive batteries that are big enough and effective enough to give long-term power to Canadian cars, trucks, and mining vehicles. Modern batteries require considerable amounts of premium-grade copper, nickel, cobalt, and lithium, all of which are produced in Northern Ontario.

Julie Dabrusin, a Toronto Danforth MP who also serves as the secretary of parliamentary to the Environment and Climate Change and Natural Resources federal Minister, made the argument. As the convention got underway on Wednesday night, she was the main speaker.

“And now, as the globe turns to low-carbon transportation modes, the future has never seemed brighter for people who mined as well as processed the treasures buried in this region’s Sudbury Basin and neighboring Greenstone belts,” Dabrusin added. “Let’s be clear, the energy revolution will be tremendously mineral demanding, providing massive economic potential,” Dabrusin said.

She stated that as a member of Parliament representing downtown Toronto, she receives a lot of calls from constituents who are concerned regarding the change in climate and what could be done to address it. According to Dabrusin, most Canadians are now considering buying and driving an electric vehicle.

“You might not be driving an EV (electric vehicle) yet,” said Dabrusin. “But I’m guessing you, our children, and our grandkids will sooner or later.” She went on to say that the International Energy Agency estimates that by 2030, there will be a need for 43 million electric vehicles, up from two million in 2018.

“Even the most pessimistic projections point to a multitrillion-dollar international market economy which Canada cannot afford to overlook.  That is why this government launched the Mines to Mobility initiative, which seeks to establish each segment of the battery supply chain of Canada, from processing raw materials and mining them to assembling road-ready electric vehicles, according to Dabrusin.

Dabrusin finished her remarks by reminding the audience that as a Toronto resident, she relies heavily on her bicycle to move about the city. She informed the audience that knowing that even bikes are made of the many materials obtained by the Canadian mining sector was reassuring in a moment of global warming and finding improved transport solutions. At the front courtyard of Science North, there will be a public demonstration of battery electric automobiles and battery electric mining vehicles.

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