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.
Some of Hydro-Québec’s initiatives to promote electric mobility: one action plan, four thrusts
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.
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
TM4, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, has a mission to develop and market electric motors based
on technologies developed or perfected by IREQ.
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.
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.