Ground transportation
Electricity: Powering the future!

A photo of the Can-Am Roadster hybrid electric vehicle by Bombardier Recreational Products, courtesy of BRP 2012With its countless lakes and rivers, Québec is a hydroelectricity paradise. Hydropower accounts for over 99% of all energy produced in Québec.


  • 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 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