Transportation Electrification

Electricity will play an increasingly important role in both personal and public transportation. Hydro-Québec has what it takes to contribute to this trend: renewable energy, a reliable power grid, recognized expertise and attractive technologies.

Transportation accounts for more of Québec’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than any other sector—35.6 million tonnes in 2009. Replacing one million gasoline-powered vehicles in Québec with electric vehicles would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 million tonnes annually.

Reducing transportation-based GHG emissions will help contribute to the fight against climate change, which is why Hydro-Québec is becoming increasingly involved in the development of electric mobility.

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Some of Hydro-Québec’s initiatives to promote electric mobility: one action plan, four thrusts

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Financial support for the development of electrical infrastructure for public transit

Hydro-Québec is currently participating in feasibility studies conducted by various public transit authorities to determine exactly what electrical infrastructure and investments will be needed for the electricity component of electric mobility projects.

Technologist Martin Dontigny notes his observations about a new material for lithium-ion batteries. In the background, his colleague Vincent Gariépy programs temperature settings for the heat-treating oven used to synthesize the material.

Development and marketing of advanced technologies

The researchers at Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) are developing a range of new battery materials with three objectives in mind: increased safety, improved performance and reduced costs.

TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has a mission to develop and market electric motors based on technologies developed or perfected by IREQ.

i-MiEV plug-in vehicle.

Test-driving of electric vehicles and testing their integration into the power grid

Hydro-Québec is conducting projects to demonstrate the reliability and advantages of plug-in vehicles, including road trials.
Hydro-Québec would like to remain at the forefront in the integration of electric vehicles into power distribution grids.

Electric vehicle charging at one of the Electric Circuit’s stations.

Planning of support infrastructure for vehicle charging

Hydro-Québec is one of the founding partners of The Electric Circuit: Canada and Québec’s first public charging network for electric vehicles.

Good to know

  • Clean and renewable energy – 99% of our electricity is generated by hydropower. Electric vehicles in Québec are "filling up" using a clean and renewable energy.
  • A powerful electric grid – Hydro-Québec would already be able to supply power for a million plug-in vehicles, or 25% of the cars now on Québec roads, without having to make a major investment in the grid. A fleet of a million electric cars would consume about 3 TWh per year, roughly the annual output of a mid-sized hydroelectric generating station like Eastmain-1 (507 MW), or less than 2% of electricity sales in Québec in 2008.
  • Incentives – The Québec government offers incentives for the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles: up to $8,000 in rebates on purchase and a tax credit for the purchase and installation of 240-volt home charging stations.