Québec’s electrification of transportation is in full swing. The Canadian province with a population of 8 million is fortunate to be able to count on a clean, renewable energy source, hydroelectricity, a reliable power grid and top-notch expertise in the field of electrical components and transportation.

Emissions from road transportation are the main source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Québec and one of the biggest contributors to climate change. The shift to electric vehicles (EVs) on the province’s roads has become necessary to meet the 2020 GHG emission reduction target.

When the Québec government launched its Action Plan for Electric Vehicles in April 2011, it asked Hydro-Québec to develop a strategy for providing a public charging infrastructure. The primary objective was to support the advent of electric vehicles in the province. That is because while EV owners do most of their charging at home and at work, the public charging infrastructure allows them to travel worry-free, knowing they can top up their batteries on the road if necessary.

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