Transportation electrification and sustainable mobility
Transportation electrification, whether it concerns private, public or freight transportation, is both a major global trend and a rapidly evolving sector. Knowing that Quebecers would benefit from being at the forefront of this technological development due to its many competitive advantages, the Québec government committed to the transportation electrification process in 2011.
Alternatives to traditional transportation modes are being developed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve traffic flow, and use public services and urban space more efficiently. By developing public transportation, setting up integrated transportation systems, advancing vehicle intelligence, promoting transportation electrification and introducing autonomous transportation modes, we improve public services and stimulate economic activity in Québec.
A budget of $420.75 million, including $253.5 million from the Green Fund.
Three strategic priorities:
- Promote electric transportation
- Develop the industry
- Create a favourable environment
24 measures grouped under four objectives:
- Support projects and invest in the workforce
- Boost the presence of Québec businesses in markets outside Québec
- Strengthen research and innovation
- Make Québec a leader in demonstration
Main advantages for investors
- An abundant supply of renewable, reliable, competitively priced electricity
- Good availability of raw materials for the manufacture of batteries and special alloys to make lighter vehicles
- World-renowned expertise in power generation and transmission and technology development
- A world-class research centre:
- Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ), which holds 800 patents and 40 licences
- Renowned research in artificial intelligence
- A transportation sector comprising 620 companies and 30,000 jobs, including 1,800 in the electric transportation industry
- Some thirty research and technology transfer centres active in the field
- Government support on several levels by 2030: major public transit projects, support for businesses, workforce training, consumer subsidies, and regulatory initiatives
- A government internationally recognized for its leadership in the fight against climate change
- An exemplary government that promotes the electrification of transportation to accelerate the energy transition and the shift to sustainable mobility
Environment conducive to electric transportation
- Rebates of up to CDN $8,000 on the purchase of an electric vehicle
- Largest network of public charging stations in Canada
- Electric charging corridors connected to those in neighbouring states across the United States border
- The largest number of electric vehicles in circulation in Canada (as of June 30, 2018: more than 30,000 registered electric vehicles and more than 47,000 conventional hybrid vehicles).
Development of the electric vehicle sector
The electric and intelligent vehicle industrial cluster rallies a broad range of Québec stakeholders and actors, including industry users, the research and innovation community, and the education sector around common objectives and concerted action in order to optimize the growth and success of the cluster.
The Québec centre of excellence in ground transportation has solid expertise in the development of international markets and collaborative innovation. It works with member manufacturers of transportation materials to help them bring their products to market.