GLOBE-Net, April 13, 2011 - Last week,
Québec Premier Jean Charest unveiled
Québec's first Action Plan for Electric Vehicles. "The 2011-2020
Action Plan for Electric Vehicles is a key element in our effort to
change our transportation habits," said Premier Charest.
The announcement came as part of a process initiated by the
Premier to provide Québec with an Action Plan for electric
vehicles. In the coming years, the Québec Government will invest
$250 million on the deployment and use of electric vehicles
and the development of an industrial sector. The Action Plan
provides for initiatives aimed at:
- encouraging Québecers to use electric vehicles;
- speeding up the introduction of electric vehicles, among other
things by developing charging infrastructures;
- supporting transit corporations so that they are able to choose
electricity as an energy source;
- supporting the production of electric vehicle products and
components, so that Québec will become a world-class player in the
"We intend to transform Québec society
into a North American leader in the field of sustainable mobility
through the use of hydroelectricity. The ultimate goal is to create
an individual and collective transportation chain fuelled by
electricity." Québec Premier Jean
Hydroelectricity: Québec's main
"As the world's fourth-largest producer of hydroelectricity,
which is a green and renewable form of energy, Québec has a number
of assets that will help stimulate the use of electric vehicles
within its territory and make the shift towards a less
oil-dependent economy," said Minister of Natural Resources and
Wildlife Nathalie Normandeau.
"We have already earned a reputation as a supplier of reliable,
safe electricity. In addition, the difference between electricity
and oil prices is one of the most competitive in North America, and the choice of
electricity for transportation is therefore a given."
An ambitious target
The 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles sets an
ambitious target: by 2020, 25% of all new light passenger vehicle
sales will be electric vehicles (all-electric and rechargeable
hybrids - in other words, 118,000 in all, or 5% of Québec's total
light vehicle fleet.
In addition, by 2030, the Québec Government anticipates
- 1.2 million electric vehicles will be travelling on Québec's
roads - in other words, 18% of the total number of light vehicles
currently on the road;
- greenhouse gas emissions will have been reduced by 3.5 million
- 1.5 billion litres of gasoline will have been saved thanks to
the use of electric vehicles - in other words, 17% of our current
- 95% of all travel on the collective transit network will be
powered by electricity.
"The Action Plan clearly illustrates the leading role played by
Québec in the fight against climate change," said Minister of
Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Pierre Arcand.
"It will play a fundamental role in meeting the challenge that
we have set for ourselves between now and 2020, namely to reduce
our greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from their 1990 levels. This is
the most ambitious emission reduction target in North America, and we are very proud of
it. With this Action Plan, Québec will be able to transition
towards a green economy by developing leading-edge expertise in the
Developing a new industrial sector
Québec's expertise in the production of electric vehicle
components, including batteries, electric motor systems and light
materials, is well-known. In all these fields, it has experts in
research centres and private enterprise alike.
In some areas, firms from Québec have moved ahead of the pack
and contributed to the development of new technology at a time when
international automobile companies are making strategic
The 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles is designed to
develop innovative, structural products for the electric vehicle
industrial sector. Its goal is to ensure that the new sector is
With the initiatives it has announced to stimulate investment,
the Québec Government hopes to generate private investments of
$500 million in the coming years, and
increase the number of direct and indirect jobs in the sector from
1,500 to 5,000.
"In a context where decisions are
being made and alliances are being forged, Québec must act now to
seize the available business opportunities and stand out as a
leader in the electric vehicle sector." Minister Responsible
for the Plan Nord, Clément Gignac.
"We are already committed to this path, and our expertise in
this growing industrial sector is outstanding. We must continue to
stimulate research and development of innovative products, so that
our industry is dynamic and even more competitive. Together, we can
continue to structure the sector and transform Québec into a
reference for electric vehicle technology," said Clément
Gignac,Minister Responsible for the Plan Nord.
"With the development of electricity-fuelled transportation,
Québec society as a whole must take up the challenge of sustainable
mobility and innovate to achieve sustainable development," said
Minister of Transport Sam Hamad.
"The review of Québec's collective transportation policy will
allow the Government to clarify its orientations in order to speed
up the electrification of collective transportation."
A dedicated portal
The Québec Government has set up a new online portal dedicated
to the 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles at: www.vehiculeselectriques.gouv.qc.ca