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Resources and expertise

The choice to move to electric
transportation was clear given our assets :

  • Available renewable energy
  • Abundant natural resources
  • Top-notch research expertise
  • World-renowned industrial know-how

Natural
wealth

Québec has an abundant supply of many of the raw materials that go into into electric and hybrid vehicle batteries :

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Québec is a vast territory covering 1.7 million square kilometers, yet just 1% of its total area is currently mined. Transportation electrification is an opportunity for Québec to harness some of its natural resources and develop its mining industry.

Water is a clean, renewal, reliable source of energy that is very competitively priced compared to other energy sources. And Hydro-Québec’s grid can already meet the charging demand of one million electric vehicles.

Québec is also one of the world's leading producers of hydroelectric power, with a production capacity of 36,643 MW.
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Industrial
know-how

Our partners and the industrial and research sectors are on board and ready to go, and that’s a huge plus when it comes to manufacturing all kinds of electric vehicles and their parts.

Québec has a strong ground transportation industry, with over 31,000 direct and indirect jobs in 650 businesses, many of which are world class: Bombardier Transportation, Paccar, Bombardier Recreational Products, Nova Bus et Prévost.

Québec is renowned for its expertise in niche sectors, including production of :

Buses and coaches
Trucks and utility vehicles (bucket and garbage trucks)
Service and special vehicles (ambulances, police vehicles, and armored vehicles)
Recreational vehicles (motorcycles, snowmobiles, and three-wheel motorcycles)

Some 40 specialized electric transportation companies that employ 1 460 workers.

For more on this burgeoning industry, visit the ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation website.

Research and
development

The transportation electrification sector is backed by a solid academic and private research infrastructure including :

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Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec, which conducts research into vehicle battery materials and designs energy storage systems.

Institut du véhicule innovant, which has state-of-the-art expertise in engineering and designing technology solutions for electric/hybrid/autonomous vehicle, vehicle intelligence, and energy efficiency projects.

Centre des technologies avancées BRP – Université de Sherbrooke, which provides the transportation sector with the industrial and academic expertise and testing and simulation equipment it needs to develop complete electric and hybrid propulsion systems.

PMG Technologies, which conducts compliance testing and research on electric and innovative vehicles for governments and vehicle manufacturers in its state-of-the-art facilities, which are among the most modern of their kind in North America.

The Hydrogen Research Institute at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, where researchers are developing fuels cells for electric vehicles.

Performance Innovation Transport (an FPInnovations Group), which provides custom technology solutions and assistance for fleet managers who want to cut costs, reduce their environmental impact, or improve safety.

The sector also stands to benefit from Québec’s world-class research and innovation capacity in fields related to electric transportation transportation and future modes of intelligent and autonomous transportation, including microelectronics, , optics/photonics, les light materials, onboard electronics and information technology. Electric transportation is a rapidly growing industry with huge potential for technology innovation and an expanding market.