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News2024 Montreal Electric Vehicle Show Sees Robust Turnout with Over 31,000 Attendees

2024 Montreal Electric Vehicle Show Sees Robust Turnout with Over 31,000 Attendees

Overcoming Adversity, Montreal’s Premier EV Show Highlights the Future of Electric Mobility

  • MEVS 2024 attracts over 31,000 despite site changes, recent fire, high interest rates, and subsidy cuts.

  • Visitors took part in over 2,000 test drives and 3,000 tests of small electric vehicles.

  • Despite slightly lower attendance than 2023, the event underscores growing momentum in electric vehicle adoption.

The 7th edition of the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show (MEVS) has concluded after a three-day run from April 19-21. Overcoming logistical hurdles and economic headwinds, the show attracted over 31,000 visitors to the Olympic Stadium.

The premier electric vehicle showcase in Montreal relocated elsewhere inside the Olympic Stadium venue after last-minute roof repairs forced a change from the original site. Organizers also grappled with the aftermath of a recent fire, rising interest rates impacting consumer spending, and the ending of provincial electric vehicle subsidies.

Over 80 exhibitors and 23 car brands displayed 69 vehicles, while visitors took over 2,000 test drives of cars and SUVs with nearly 4,000 participants. An additional 3,000 test drives of small electric vehicles like bikes and scooters were conducted on an indoor track.

In total, 31,618 people attended MEVS 2024, a strong turnout considering the economic challenges of high interest rates impacting consumer spending. However, the announced end of EV subsidies and soaring gas prices days before the event – reaching over $1.90 per litre in Montreal recently – boosted public interest in electric transportation.

Salon du véhicule électrique de Montréal | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Major automakers rolled out eye-catching exhibits to showcase their latest electric offerings. Highlights included the slightly refreshed 2024 Subaru Solterra and the Canadian debut of Stellantis’ Ram 1500 Ramcharger EV pickup boasting a 1,110 km range and robust towing capabilities.

Event promoters, exhibitors, and visitors expressed high satisfaction with MEVS’s 7th edition, which persevered through roadworks and cold spring temperatures in Montreal.

While the 6th MEVS in 2023 drew a slightly higher 32,387 attendees, the 2024 show’s lower but still impressive numbers may reflect current economic pressures like the ones stated above.

Looking ahead, the 8th MEVS has been announced for spring 2025 at a location to be determined. With EVs making up 10% of new vehicle sales in Canada, the Montreal Electric Vehicle Show 2024 showed the electric revolution on our roads is rapidly accelerating.


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