With its countless lakes and rivers, Québec is a hydroelectricity paradise. Hydropower accounts for over 99% of all energy produced in Québec.
Québec’s 2015-2020 Transportation Electrification Action Plan sets out 35 measures to encourage electric transportation, build an industrial base and foster an environment conducive to the use of electric vehicles. The plan aims to put 100,000 electric vehicles and 785 charging stations on Québec roads. By reducing annual fuel consumption by 66 million litres and greenhouse gas emissions by 150,000 tonnes, the plan will also give the fight against climate change a real boost.
Québec is definitely going green! Montréal’s subway system is already entirely electric, and the city’s public transit agency (STM) has announced that it will electrify 95% of its network by 2030.
To prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on our roads and encourage consumers to opt for them, Québec is taking steps to ensure the necessary charging infrastructure is in place. A number of companies and municipalities are working with the Québec government on major projects: they include Renault-Nissan Alliance, Hydro-Québec, the cities of Montréal and Québec, and Agence de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec.
Communauto, the oldest car-sharing service in North America, has added the Nissan LEAF fully electric car to its fleet. Perfect for city driving, the LEAF offers an autonomy of up to 160 km.
Developed by Québec manufacturer Lion Bus , the eLion is a fully electric school bus. As powerful as a traditional diesel-powered bus, it has a 120-km range. The Saint-Jérôme company, recognized for its innovative, cutting-edge ideas, plans to build six buses and deliver the first eLion this fall.
The first 50 vehicles in an all-electric taxi service called Téo have hit the streets of Montréal. Taxelco is at the wheel of this
$250-million project, which is the first of its kind in Canada. By 2019, the service should include 2,000 vehicles and 350 fast charging stations. Téo will undergo a trial run till mid-March 2016, during which 500 volunteers will try out the service and the features of its mobile app.
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.