Québec Plans To Roll Out EV Fast Charging Network & Re-Invest Revenue

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By Bruno Marcoux

Minister Pierre Moreau presented on May 15th, 2018, at the Assemblée Nationale a law to establish a public DC fast charging (DCFC) network for electric vehicles around Québec. Hydro-Québec would be able to fix the rates of the public service DCFC for electric vehicles and then re-invest that revenue in new infrastructure so that deployment of DCFC is entirely financed by charging revenue.

On March 31st, 2018, the Province of Québec had 24,694 electric vehicles, and it is in the midst of an exponential curve — doubling every year. In order to reach the objectives of 100,000 electric vehicles in 2020, 300,000 in 2026, and 1 million in 2030, a deployment of public DCFC is required. Currently, Québec has about 130 DCFCs. The objective is to add 1,600 DCFCs within the next 10 years.

Rates for charging are anticipated to be 10$/hour at 50kW and either 1$ per hour or a $2.50 flat fee to charge at 240V. Additionally, Hydro-Québec will invest $200 to $300 per EV per year in charging infrastructure.  There is no meter at home but 100% of electricity paid by EV users will get re-injected in infrastructure.

“In order to attain our objectives, it is imperative that Québec installs a DCFC network. Norway has chosen to subsidize their deployment, and their dense and reliable network helped increase electrical vehicle sales. We will do the same here in Québec,” Pierre Moreau, Québec’s minister of energy and natural resources, stated.

“Québec and Hydro-Québec have all the assets to accelerate the electrification of transportation. We have clean renewable energy to propel our electrical vehicles that won’t emit any GHG and charging these vehicles will generate additional sales of electricity. Water is our oil,” Éric Martel, CEO Hydro-Québec, added.

It seems that the petition for 2,000 DCFCs initiated by the Québec Electrical Vehicle Association (QEVA), which was signed by more than 11,000 people in less than a month, influenced the Québec government to make the right choices. This petition was initiated by Richard Lemelin, Vice President of QEVA, and energetically communicated by Martin Archambault, QEVA Webmaster and media spokesperson.

Simon-Pierre Rioux, Martin Archambault and Richard Lemelin — respectively 4th, 5th and 6th person from the left.

Here is the video of the petition being given at the National Assembly on March 14th, 2018, by Richard Lemelin himself.

A similar petition initiated by QEVA led to Québec’s Zero Emission Law that took force in January 2018. Québec is currently the only Canadian province that has a ZEV mandate.

As the president of QEVA, Simon-Pierre Rioux likes to mention that there is power in numbers. You can sign up for free and become a member of QEVA here.

The future is electric,
Bruno Marcoux

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