Quebec: $8,000 EV Rebate Extension and Quick-Charge Stations On the Way

4 years ago by Surdas Mohit 9

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The Association des Véhicules Électriques du Québec is reporting on a new electric vehicle plan to be announced by Premier Pauline Marois on November 1, 2013.

Some of this has already been announced or hinted at, and some is apparently coming from courageous informers.

Here are the main points:

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  • The rebate of up to $8000 for buying or leasing an electric vehicle, slated to decrease in 2014, will be extended. In place of a fixed time limit, the number of units sold will determine when the rebate drops.
  • High-voltage quick-charge stations will be installed on major highways in Quebec.
  • Almost $4 billion will be invested in electric vehicle R&D by 2020.
  • The government will aim to see both electric cars and buses built in Quebec.
  • Electric vehicles will be granted preferential status in public procurement.

Sounds great, but there are a couple of caveats to keep in mind.

First, Premier Marois leads a minority government that does not have control of the legislature. Rumors abound that she will call an election in early December.

Second, if Quebec opts for domestically-built quick-charge stations (as is likely to be the case), plug-in vehicle owners will have to wait until Quebec-based AddÉnergie begins production of its model – expected in 2015.

Still, this suggests that the government of Quebec is prepared to make a major investment in the future of electric vehicles in the province.

Source: AVEQ

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9 responses to "Quebec: $8,000 EV Rebate Extension and Quick-Charge Stations On the Way"

  1. Driverguy01 says:

    Good news for us, in Quebec. There was talk about changing the instant after tax rebait to tax credit, if it stays the same, even better.
    But to move some Volts, GM needs to give great lease deals. We dont have those. Getting a Volt is still expensive. 45k +15% taxe – 8k still amounts to ~ $750/month and leasing is close to that.
    Thats probably why only 25 to 50 Volt are sold in Quebec each months. And gas here vary from $1.35/ltr to $1.50 overnight, so thats expensive gas and still EV sales are poor.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Just wanted to throw a welcome out to Surdas, as he is joing the writing team here at InsideEVs.

      As Surdas is Canada/Quebec based, I expect to see more than a few ‘boots on the ground’ reports from the region. Now all we need to is to find that Japan-based staffer and we have got the world covered.

      1. kdawg says:

        I thought the name was new.

        ( you hosers, eh 🙂 )

  2. kdawg says:

    4 billion seems like a lot for Quebec. What % of their budget is this?

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      Our total budget is around 90 billion but over 40% is for medicare and another 30% for education alone so, yes 4 billon over 6 years is ok but all i ear is a lot of talk, not much walk.
      Very wise you are if you predict the outcome of a probable election.

  3. Francis L says:

    That’s a good news! I’ve been waiting for those quicker charger. About AddÉnergie : they switched to their chargers recently. I don’t know what’s the contract between them, but I guess there is nothing to force them to wait for AddÉnergie to produce their own quick charger. Circuit Électrique already has a quick charger; it is located at Boucherville. May be they will use the same model?

    1. Surdas says:

      That’s interesting – I wasn’t aware there was a quick charger in Boucherville. I guess it’s because they’re testing it. This is just speculation on my part, but if it’s a political announcement, there may be more of a focus on “bornes du terroir” than if it were just a regular expansion of the Circuit Électrique.

      There’s also this (http://www.aveq.ca/1/post/2013/08/des-statistiques-importantes-pour-le-futur-des-bornes-l3-au-qubec.html), which suggests that HQ is skeptical about L3 in general. Would be superseded by a decision at the political level, of course.

      1. Francis L says:

        Yes, it was for testing purpose, located at a St-Hubert restaurant. I just saw that this charger might not be in use anymore. Here an interesting article about it (french) : http://www.aveq.ca/1/post/2013/09/que-faire-avec-la-borne-l3-de-boucherville.html

        It also tells that Hydro-Québec will probably installs double standards chargers, probably between Montréal and Québec first.

        1. Surdas says:

          It definitely makes sense to go with dual-standard chargers from now on. But I still hope they try to make the most of this one; as pointed out in the comments, it will be a while before the other standard has a lot of users.

          My (self-serving) suggestion is to put it between Gatineau and Montreal. It’s a little closer than Québec, so one charger will go a little further – and then they can install dual-standard stations on the way to Québec. I would think that a Leaf should be able to get from Gatineau to at least St-Jérôme/St-Eustache on one quick-charge (might have to drive slowly), and then you can charge for an hour or two at St-Hubert if needed to get you the rest of the way. Plus, you might get some EVs from Ottawa.