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Will Quebec Join California, Oregon As Electric-Car Pioneers?

ia buys the largest number of plug-in electric cars by far of any North American state or province.

But the many civic benefits of electric cars–from zero emissions to greater energy efficiency–are inspiring other locales to step up to the plate.

Last Friday, the government of Quebec announced Canada’s most comprehensive policies to encourage the sale and use of plug-in vehicles.

The program is part of a broader $516 million Transportation Electrification Strategy. Among many initiatives, the plan includes:

a goal of deploying 12,500 more electric vehicles in the province by 2017
a three-year extension of the up-to-$8000 electric-vehicle rebate program
a three-year renewal of the $500 hybrid-car incentive program
installation of 5,000 public charging stations
“greening” of 525 taxis
gradual electrification of the provincial government’s own vehicle fleet
creation of an Institute of Electric Transport
$115 million to promote electric transportation among consumers and businesses

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