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Prevost announces electrification program with support from Quebec government

Prevost will develop a new 100% electric coach as well as a retrofit kit to convert diesel engines into electric propulsion systems.

April 8, 2022   by CM Staff

SAINTE-CLAIRE — Prevost, part of the Volvo Group, announces a new electrification program. Through this five-year program, Prevost will develop a new 100% electric coach as well as a retrofit kit to convert diesel engines into electric propulsion systems.

In support of this project, the Government of Quebec, through Investissement Québec, will provide a forgivable loan of $15.15 million. In addition, the Ministry of Environment of Quebec will provide a $7.5 million non-repayable contribution to Prevost.

The new electric coach will offer an autonomy of 400 km. A total of 115 jobs will be created during the program, while 650 will be maintained.

“We are thrilled to be able to count on the support of the Quebec government. The coach market is looking forward to contribute to the fight against climate change, and Prevost is ready to participate and offer an electric powertrain alternative to contribute to this global transformation,” said François Tremblay, President of Prevost. Tremblay added, “We are 2 years away from celebrating Prevost’s 100th anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than by bringing sustainable innovations to the market!”

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“This project is promising for our entire electrical industry. Our economic future depends extensively on electrification. Québec has everything it takes to position itself at the forefront. We have everything that we need to be a leader in the green economy. Now is the time to invest to build a more prosperous, greener, prouder Québec.” said François Legault, Premier of Québec.

“The Investissement Québec team based here and abroad has largely contributed to the realization of this important growth project for Prevost. It marks another step toward making Québec a leader in the realm of transportation electrification and developing here cutting-edge expertise that fosters a sustainable, lower-carbon economy. This will lead to significant spinoff in the regions and in Québec overall.” said Guy LeBlanc, President and Chief Executive Officer, Investissement Québec.