Quebec programs to fund EV transition for businesses

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Propulsion Quebec, the cluster for electric and smart transportation (EST), and the federal government are launching a series of programs to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles.

Through the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, Natural Resources Canada has provided $4 million to Propulsion Québec to develop the Recharge+ program. It will help with the installation of up to 680 Level 2 charging stations in Quebec.

The program will enable Propulsion Québec to provide funding for members, major private-sector partners, and public-sector organizations in Quebec to acquire and install charging infrastructure for light-duty fleets, workplaces, and public areas. Eligible businesses could receive between $5,000 and $50,000 in financial contributions per infrastructure.

Marketing assistance

The Transition+ scheme is aimed at manufacturers providing electrification products and services, and will offer businesses a comprehensive assessment of their services and help to develop marketing and funding plans. Eligible businesses could receive up to $58,100 in non-repayable support.

“By helping SMEs in the transportation sector adopt electric technologies, and thus become more innovative and competitive, we are helping to develop a better value proposition for tomorrow’s transportation market. I thank Propulsion Québec for being so central to Quebec’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight the devastating effects of climate change,” said Pascale St-Onge, minister of sport and minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED).

Defence vehicles

The third program, Defence and Security (D&S), is being designed to help Propulsion Québec members develop services and products for the D&S market. It will support the electrification of defence vehicles and infrastructure.

(CED) has made a non-repayable contribution of $2.2 million in funding to Propulsion Québec to establish Transition+ and D&S.

Created in 2017, Propulsion Québec has over 260 members from a variety of sectors and deploys its resources across six distinct working groups to develop and support innovative projects. The cluster receives financial support from the Government of Quebec, the Government of Canada, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), ATTRIX, Desjardins Group, Fasken, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Hydro-Québec, and Québecor.