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Louelec announces clean-tech initiative to accelerate energy transition and EVs

Louelec is a Montréal-based start-up whose mission is to promote sustainable driving and accelerate the electrification of transports by renting out fully electric vehicles.

March 24, 2021  by CM Staff

Louelec proposes emission-free, 100% electric, solutions for delivery and courier companies. (CNW Group/Louelec)

MONTRÉAL — On Mar. 24, Louelec released a new solution for commercial fleets looking to offer zero-emission deliveries and reduce their carbon footprint: an electric car coupled with a ‘made in Quebec’ trailer offering cargo space of 240 ft3/3,225lbs as well as a driving range of approximately 200km in the Winter.

Louelec is a Montréal-based start-up whose mission is to promote sustainable driving and accelerate the electrification of transports by renting out fully electric vehicles to professional drivers: taxi and Uber drivers; food and package delivery services; commercial fleet operators and private drivers looking for a reliable, low-cost-to-operate car.

“With the restrictions to fight COVID-19, we had to adapt”, explains Léo Bouisson, Louelec’s general manager. “We first targeted Uber and taxi drivers to accelerate the electrification of the taxi industry, but without restaurants, gatherings, events, business trips or tourism, this industry is literally stopped; and we are still waiting to hear about the adaptation of the electrification subsidies the government promised to taxi permit holders before the cancellation of taxi permits.”

For commercial fleets, Louelec hopes to allow managers to focus on their daily business while reducing their operating costs and removing the burden of car management and capital financing. Cognizant of the lack of fully electric small trucks, Louelec chose a local company from Quebec to offer optional trailers to its rentals. “Given our sustainability and responsible driving objectives, it made sense to procure our vehicles from a local manufacturer, especially when its products are amongst the best,” mentioned David Blondot.

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Louelec’s emission-lowering solution supports economic growth by optimizing fleet efficiency using cleaner energy. With a projected fleet of 108 vehicles by the end of 2021, Louelec aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 1,490 metric tonnes.