The federal government is contributing $5-million to build 100 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers across Quebec.
Built by Hydro-Québec with funding from through Natural Resources Canada's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), these chargers will be part of Hydro-Québec's Electric Circuit – the largest public charging network for electric vehicles in Canada.
The fast-charging infrastructure will span major highways from Abitibi to Côte-Nord.
Through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, the government of Canada is investing $182.5M to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast charging network for electric vehicles, natural gas stations along key freight corridors and stations for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in metropolitan centres.
"With the support of our private, institutional and governmental partners, we can deploy an increasing number of chargers for electric vehicle drivers," said Éric Martel, CEO of Hydro-Québec.
"The electrification of transportation in Quebec benefits everyone: individuals, since using electricity for driving is five times cheaper than using gas and, collectively, since we are using clean and renewable energy to drive where we need to go."