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.
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, delivered the first electric school bus in 2014. Today, some 50 eLions operate on Québec’s roads.
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.
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. Finally, the government hopes to create 5,000 jobs and generate $500 million in investments with the new plan.
Québec has six public recharging stations in operation:
- Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit
- AddÉnergie ’s RéseauVerv charging network
- the AZRA charging network
- Tesla service points
- Éco-Route Québec (Sun Country Highway’s Québec subsidiary)
- the Doc Borné network. (french website)
Thanks to carefully selected quick-charging station locations, electric vehicles are able to travel along the province’s east-west corridor. All in all, over 1,000 public stations are available to Québec users, including some 40 quick-charge stations.
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.
The first 50 vehicles in the Téo (Transport Écologique Optimisé) all-electric taxi project have hit Montréal streets in February 2016 as part of a pilot project. Taxelco is at the wheel of the $250-million initiative, 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.
Carried out by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and Volvo Group (Nova Bus), the project will test three fully electric buses that use rapid conductive charging technology (using a contact on the bus roof) at the start and end of the transit line when carrying passengers on Montréal streets.
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.