Quebec Looks To Speed Up Charger Installs With New Bill


Québec seeks for a way to expand the fast charging network within the province.


Currently there are some 133 public DC chargers installed, but in 10 years there are 1,600 more planned to handle growth of electric cars.

The government of Québec expects that the number of plug-ins will increase from 24,694 (as of end of March), to 100,000 by 2020, 300,000 by 2026 and one million by 2030.

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The bill that is intended to help leverage the number of fast chargers seems to engage Hydro-Québec to build the infrastructure (at its cost), despite the lack of profitability of the fast charging stations.

“Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources presented to the National Assembly (the legislative body of the province of Québec) a bill to promote the establishment of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles.

The bill aims in particular:

  • To amend the Hydro-Québec Act to allow the government to set the rates for a public fast charging service for electric vehicles;
  • To allow the Régie de l’énergie to take into account, in setting electricity distribution rates, the revenues required by Hydro-Québec to operate a public fast charging service for electric vehicles as well as economic, social and environmental concerns that may be indicated by the government.

It will reconcile Hydro-Québec’s actions with government policies and guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the energy transition. Moreover, it would have no direct financial consequences for the government and electricity consumers, since the costs associated with the operation of a public fast charging service for electric vehicles would be included in electricity distribution rates and will have a nil effect on these given the increase in electricity sales, the government said.”

Source: Québec via Green Car Congress

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Vive la Quebec!!

No way Quebec will hit 100,000 registered EVs in 18 months. The only way would be to match Ontario gov. Subsidies up yo $14,000. An $6000 off from current $8000 brings most entry level BEV or PHEV close tothe magic numbe of $25,000 before tax and transport prep. That and the Quebec ZEV law make supply within reach of most Quebecers affordabilty.

It will be difficult to hit 100000 because dealers don’t have any inventory, if you want a new Leaf, a Bolt or a Ioniq you have to order it and wait way over 3 months. I talked to some dealers and they can only sell some cars per year and they told me that the problem is not demand, but selling allocation. The chevy dealer can not sell more than about 60 Bolt this year and VW is about 14 eGolf for a city of about 160000 citizens. The only way I see we can hit the 100000 is by importing used EV from USA and there’s some used dealers that do it. Sorry Americans, if your companies are not interested to sell us new cars, we will buy used ones.

The way they’re interpreting by 2020 is by the end of 2020, so 31 months away.

Upping the rebate would mostly be a waste, since Quebec’s allotment of popular EVs has been selling out for 2017-2018 anyway.

Ironically, they eliminated the rebate on the S/X from the one manufacturer willing to sell more EVs in Quebec. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, since the S/X are the car’s with the most Quebec content due to aluminum contracts.

This sounds like a huge scam, they are trying to make sure that electric savings are not passed on to consumers to protect petrol this is another petrol rip off subsidy. I could see them setting a ceiling on rates but not a floor.

This has nothing to do with electricity rates. What this bill does, is allowing Hydro-Québec, the main utility in the province, to finance installation of new DC chargers using revenues from increased residential electricity sales, thus making the EV drivers contribute financially to the charging infrastructure.

Sounds more like they will pay for the charger network and make it back out of the increased electricity sales to the car owners.