Ground transportation
Cutting-edge centres of excellence

Because research and innovation are the keys to the future, a wide range of measures have been introduced in Québec to foster R&D. Reflecting a long-standing commitment to strengthening the various facets of the economy, these measures have been in place for more than 25 years!


Photo of the ITAQ lab, courtesy of Québec Advanced Transportation Institute
  • Foreign researchers and specialists can benefit from a five-year provincial income tax exemption.
  • Thanks to the tax incentives offered by the governments of Québec and Canada, Québec is recognized as one of the most favourable locations for R&D activities.
  • What’s more, its generous tax incentives can help businesses cut their R&D expenses.

Supporting the industry of tomorrow

Québec boasts a number of centres of excellence, especially in the advanced ground transportation sector. The main centres are the following:

  • Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ) Open a new window

    The logo of the Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec

    IREQ has developed world-renowned expertise in the field of lithium and lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery materials. Through the institute, Hydro-Québec holds half of the patents on the new lithium and lithium-ion batteries that have been developed. A case in point: IREQ, in collaboration with its partners, has filed North American, European, and Asian patents on a lithium iron phosphate cathode material used to increase the stability and safety of lithium-ion batteries and reduce their cost.


    To ensure large-scale, high-quality production, Hydro-Québec licenses various partners to manufacture the advanced materials IREQ has developed.

  • National Advanced Transportation Center (CNTA) Open a new window

    The logo of the National Advanced Transportation Center CNTA focuses on developing electric cars and advanced transportation in Québec. To that end, it evaluates and demonstrates vehicle performance under real-use conditions and conducts road tests. CNTA’s expertise makes it a global leader in electric vehicles and associated technical appraisals.

  • Québec Advanced Transportation Institute (ITAQ) Open a new window

    The logo of the Québec Advanced Transportation InstituteITAQ is the reference when it comes to sustainable transportation. Specializing in product development services, technical assistance, technology transfer and customized technical training, it makes that multidisciplinary expertise available to businesses (primarily SMBs) and other organizations in the field. Its advanced transportation R&D facilities are unique in Canada.

A passion for lithium batteries! 

Karim Zaghib, a researcher and Director, Energy Storage and Conversion at IREQ, is internationally recognized. In 2009, his work led to a remarkable achievement: fully discharging and recharging a 1 Ah battery 30,000 times in one minute, which is quite impressive considering that it takes at least three hours to fully recharge an electric car!


Truly passionate about his area of expertise, Mr. Zaghib has published over 240 articles, filed more than 160 patents, and collaborated on 13 books. In 2010, he was General Chair of the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries.

NSERC/Phostech Lithium Industrial
Research Chair in Energy Storage and Conversion

The Chair specializes in the synthesis and characterization of materials used for energy storage and conversion. Its goal is begin the process of identifying new energy storage materials and pave the way for large-scale production and application.

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