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Québec introduces bill to promote the establishment of a public rapid charging service for EVs

Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources presented to the National Assembly (the legislative body of the province of Québec) a bill to promote the establishment of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles.

The bill aims in particular:

  • To amend the Hydro-Québec Act to allow the government to set the rates for a public fast charging service for electric vehicles;

  • To allow the Régie de l’énergie to take into account, in setting electricity distribution rates, the revenues required by Hydro-Québec to operate a public fast charging service for electric vehicles as well as economic, social and environmental concerns that may be indicated by the government.

The proposed solution, if the bill is adopted, would make it possible to offset the high cost and the lack of profitability of the fast charging stations for electric vehicles, while guaranteeing the rapid deployment and the durability of such a public service.

It will reconcile Hydro-Québec’s actions with government policies and guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the energy transition. Moreover, it would have no direct financial consequences for the government and electricity consumers, since the costs associated with the operation of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles would be included in electricity distribution rates and will have a nil effect on these given the increase in electricity sales, the government said.

As of 31 March 2018, Québec had 24,694 electric vehicles registered on its territory. To reach the targets set—100,000 by 2020, 300,000 in 2026 and one million in 2030—a deployment of public fast charging stations is required, the government said. However, there are currently about 113 of these terminals in Québec. The goal is to add 1,600 more fast chargers within 10 years.



It seems that Hydro Québec (HQ) will play a major role to increase public fast charging facilities from 113 to 1600 in the next 10 years or so.

HQ has all the resources/revenues and clean Hydro/Wind energy required to install and operate 2,000 to 5,000 quick charge stations much sooner than planned to promote and support many more electrified vehicles.


If QC expects to reach even 300k EVs by 2026, it will need a lot more than 1600 fast chargers by 2028; it should have probably 6k along major travel routes.  It will need vastly more slow (Level 2 and even Level 1) chargers than that; it will need on the order of ½ to 2 public/work chargers per vehicle, placed where people go.

The way to promote electric transport is to make it effortless.  EVs should find what they need wherever they go.  Build it and they will come.


Québec, Manitoba and British Columbia have access to distributed very low cost clean Hydro/Wind e-energy. I agree with E-P that 1600 quick charge stations will not be enough by 2025/2030.

QH needs to be mandated to mass produce and install ultra quick charge facilities. Ideally, large transportable containers (factory equipped) with plenty of long lasting batteries and super caps could be installed quickly in existing gasoline/diesel stations along highways. Those new (DC) ultra quick chargers could refill their storage units during low consumption periods (mainly at mid-day and at night) and make better use of installed Hydro/Wind production facilities.

HQ is presently looking for partners to produce the batteries and transportable charge stations required. It would quickly become a money making extension of current QH business.

Will crude oil interest (mainly in Alberta) with the help of the Federal Government manage to block this development?

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