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Québec lays out C$420M action plan for electrification of transport through 2020

The Government of Québec has unveiled a new Action Plan for the electrification of transport in 2015-2020. With a budget of more than C$420 million (US$324 million), the plan has the following objectives:

  • Increase the number of electric vehicles in the car park of Québec;

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

  • Reduce energy dependence on oil and improve the trade balance of Quebec; and

  • Contribute to Québec’s economic development by focusing on a future industry and using the electrical energy available in Quebec.

Minister of Transport Robert Poëti said the specifically, the province wanted to have 100,000 plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles registered in Québec by 2020.

A total of 35 measures are listed in the action plan, spanning items such as encouraging the use of electric vehicles; developing innovative solutions in the transport of goods; increased efforts in research and development; and support for marketing and exporting products.




Even if Québec has the lowest per capita GHG in Canada, these measures will help to bring it lower.

With all the clean hydro-wind energy surplus, much more could be done to accelerate the electrification of city buses, city taxis, suburban trains, delivery trucks, garbage trucks, personal vehicles etc.

A mix of extended range BEVs and FCEVs may be required.

The huge nighttime clean electricity surpluses could be used to make, compress and store clean H2 in very large quantities.

Very exciting development. I'm wondering what thermal management system will ultimately bring about better cold weather performance. Possibly a combination of better insulation, the equivakent of block heaters, and heat pumps.

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