The Government of Québec has signed a memorandum of understanding with various public and private partners in connection with the development of electric vehicles.
The agreement establishes a task force responsible for planning the vehicle charging infrastructure and the related public information requirements. In conjunction with the signing of the memorandum of understanding, a commercial agreement was entered into by Nissan and Communauto, one of the leading carpooling services in North America. Communauto has undertaken to purchase 50 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles by the end of 2011.
The memorandum of understanding was entered into by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (Québec department of natural resources and wildlife), the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Hydro-Québec, the Agence de l'efficacité énergétique (Québec energy efficiency agency), the City of Montréal and the City of Québec.
“Québec is a prime location for electric vehicles. Since 97% of our electricity is produced from clean and renewable sources, we offer a number of benefits for developers of electric vehicles. Following the agreements signed last year with other auto manufacturers, as well as those signed by Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi in Boucherville on January 14 for the testing of 40 electric vehicles, another key player in the auto industry has selected Québec. And we’re not done yet: we intend to become leaders in the field by fostering a business environment that facilitates the use of electric vehicles provincewide,” said Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier, Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister Responsible for the Northern Plan, at the announcement of the agreement.
Electric vehicle action plan
“Marking a further step in our process, this agreement will lead to delivery in the fall of the government’s electric vehicle action plan. We are also planning a series of concrete measures aimed at creating conducive conditions as we prepare for the arrival of electric vehicles in Québec,” Ms. Normandeau added.
The Government of Québec is committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20% (i.e. to below the 1990 level) by 2020. The arrival of electric vehicles on the local market will enable Québec to reduce its transportation-related oil consumption in line with efforts in this area.
Transportation electrification (Hydro-Québec)