The new plan includes an EV infrastructure aspect. Quebec will install 785 public charging stations including 60 DC fast-charging stations in the province. They will also encourage businesses to install charging stations for employees. The government currently offer a rebate up to 75% of the cost to install charging stations for business owners.
The Quebec government also committed to introduce 1,000 electric vehicles to its own car fleet by 2020.
A large portion of the funds ($83 million) will go to public electric mass-transit projects, including Montreal’s subway and an electric transport system on the new Champlain bridge.
$30 million will go to help finance the purchase of electric school buses.
99% of electricity generation in Quebec come from renewable sources, thanks to inexpensive hydro-electricity, making the province an ideal market for electric transport. The program should go a long way in helping kick-start the industry in the province.
Picture: Renault electric Twizy decorated with the Quebec flag.