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Canada: PQ pledges $516M to encourage electric transportation

MONTREAL – The PQ government is ready to spend a half a billion dollars over three years to encourage electric transportation.

According to the plan unveileved Friday, consumers will be eligible for grants of up to $8,000 to purchase electric or hybrid cars and $1,000 to install a charging station at home.

“When we offer the $8,000 rebate, people say, ‘It sounds good but if I don’t have a charger.’ Then they lose interest,” said Premier Marois in a speech Friday.

She stressed that the program was not a trial or just targeted to a few initiatives. “It’s a comprehensive strategy, ranging from research and innovation through to marketing and to the consumer,” said Marois.

The government aims to add 12,500 electric vehicles to Quebec roads by 2017, compared to the previous program of the Charest government, whose encouragement only led to an additional 1,100 electric cars on the roads.

“Right now it’s a marginal phenomenon and we have to break that,” said Marois. “But to do this, we must go beyond the the scattered actions taken in the past.”

Quebec intends to deploy 5,000 public charging stations across the province on roads and near businesses and government buildings.

A pilot project will add a network of terminals along Highway 40 between Montreal and Quebec City.

Funding will also be made available to launch 525 electric taxis around the province.



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