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Mayor Of Montreal Wants New Electric Carsharing Program

A new electric vehicle sharing program may soon be headed to the Québécois city of Montreal, based on new plans revealed by the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre.

While Montreal is currently home to a number of different carsharing programs, these programs don’t include access to many electric vehicles (EVs) — something that Coderre wants to see changed.

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The specifics of the mayor’s plan call for Montreal to be home to a carsharing program featuring as many as 250 EVs by as soon as next spring — and 1000 by the year 2020.

Accompanying this electric carsharing program, is a plan to build out the Canadian city’s electric charging infrastructure. This proposed buildout comprises a general increase in easily accessible charging station numbers, as well as improved parking space options (and universal parking permits) for EV drivers in the northern metropolis.

Green Optimistic provides a bit more:

The complete transformation of Montreal in terms of electric vehicle use is part of a bigger scheme, which aims to cut down the greenhouse gas emissions of the city by a minimum of 30% in the coming five years. As ambitious as this might sound, this new carsharing program could contribute greatly to reaching this goal, especially since the city gets most of its power from green hydro-power plants. In the coming months, the city will call for interested parties, to discuss the feasibility and implementation of the idea. The mayor is also going to look for the best companies for building and maintaining the charging stations.

This news follows on the somewhat recent news that the city of Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia was reinstating substantial EV incentives — with the aim of re-spurring a relatively high rate of adoption.

Furthermore, Canada has launched its own EV rebate under a program akin to “Cash for Clunkers.”

 
 
 
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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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