Ground transportation
Cutting-edge centres of excellence

Photo of a researcher in the automotive industryBecause 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!


  • Foreign researchers 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:

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!


In 2013, Zaghib received the Electrochemical Society’s Battery Division Technology Award for his contribution to developing safe and effective battery materials.

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.


Contact your expert

Nathalie Rivard

Director, Business Development, Los Angeles

310 209-3332