Agreement to advance electric vehicles in Québec


Thierry Vandal,
President & CEO,
Montréal, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 2, 2010 – An agreement has been signed between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and the government of Québec, the City of Montréal, Québec City, Hydro-Québec and the Agence de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec to advance electric vehicle mobility in Québec.

The parties will work together to plan the necessary charging infrastructure and to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles in Québec.

“This agreement brings us a step closer to a governmental action plan on electric vehicles, which will be launched within the next few months,” said minister of natural resources, Nathalie Normandeau. “We are planning a series of concrete actions that will pave the way for the arrival of electric vehicles in Québec. Since 97% of our electricity comes from clean, renewable resources, Québec presents a number of advantages for the introduction of electric vehicles.”

Nissan will introduce its five passenger all electric LEAF in select Canadian markets, such as Québec, before the end of 2011.

Hydro-Québec will be responsible for setting up the charging infrastructure for the electric vehicles.

Thierry Vandal, president and CEO of Hydro-Québec, commented that the initiative falls perfectly in line with the company’s strategic plan for 2009-2013 and other initiatives currently underway, and will enable it to carefully plan for the arrival of electric vehicles in Québec.