Ground transportation
Electricity: Powering the future!

Did you know that hydropower accounts for 99.5% of all the energy produced in Québec? Hydropower is a clean, renewable and affordable source of abundant energy.


The combination of hydropower and the Québec transportation industry’s research expertise and technical know-how makes the province the ideal spot for entrepreneurs and investors looking to advance the electric vehicle industry.


Québec has been working actively for many years to electrify its transportation system with a view to securing economic and environmental benefits.


The electric vehicle sector is an engine for creating collective wealth and an innovative way to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions in Québec and around the globe.


The electric bus: the future of public transit


Launched in March 2012, the project aims to create two working prototypes for electric buses, a city bus and a microbus. These buses incorporate light materials and are a step forward in the design of technologically innovative products.


The city bus project is being carried out by: Nova Bus, TM4, Blue Solutions Canada, RMC, Giro and Précicad.


The microbus project is being carried out by : Styl&Tech and Infodev.

A photo of the Can-Am Roadster hybrid electric vehicle by Bombardier Recreational Products, courtesy of BRP 2012

  • Québec is the world’s fourth-largest hydroelectricity producer and wants to put that advanced expertise to work for the ground transportation industry.
  • A number of initiatives are already under way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and enhance environmental performance.

Electrification of ground transportation: Noteworthy initiatives

Hydro-Québec invests in the development of electric mobility !

As a government corporation that generates, transports and distributes electricity, Hydro-Québec has what it takes to develop electric mobility: clean, renewable energy, a reliable power grid, recognized expertise and promising technologies.


  • At its initiative, the first public charging network in Canada, the Electric Circuit, was launched in spring 2012. Since then, over 500 charging stations (including some 20 fast chargers) have been set up, and over 120 private and institutional partners have joined the Electric Circuit.
  • In partnership with the city of Montréal, the Electric Circuit also ensures the installation of fast chargers along major roads, as well as on-street charging stations adapted for winter conditions.
  • Its TM4 Open a new window subsidiary has developed the Motive motor used in plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles, as well as the SUMO series for electric buses and heavy vehicles. TM4 has also taken part in developing the 100% electric school bus made by the Québec company Lion Bus.
  • In partnership with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore, IREQ has perfected silicates for use in next-generation batteries, potentially doubling their storage capacity when compared to current models.
  • IREQ has also completed a V2G-V2H pilot project to test whether an electric vehicle battery can be used to conduct energy exchanges with the grid or to power part of a home during an outage.

Contact your expert

Benoît Larouche

Director, Business Development, New York

212 843-0976