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Propulsion Québec unveils new study on fleet electrification in Quebec

More support needed in Quebec to create momentum for fleet electrification

December 8, 2020  by CM Staff

MONTREAL — Propulsion Québec, the cluster for electric and smart transportation, today unveiled a brand new study entitled “Fleet electrification in Quebec: medium and heavy electric vehicles in commercial and institutional fleets.” In order to identify and prioritize strategies to accelerate the electrification of commercial and institutional fleets in Quebec, Propulsion Québec commissioned consulting firm Dunsky Energy Consulting to conduct an analysis of medium and heavy electric vehicle adoption.

Honing strategies to accelerate fleet electrification

The study showed that fleet electrification in commercial and institutional sectors still faces many barriers in terms of vehicle acquisition, recharging facilities, operational and internal issues, and expertise and skills, both in Quebec and across North America. These will have to gradually disappear before fleet operators fully embrace going electric.

The study reveals that Quebec has the tools it needs to accelerate fleet electrification and that some strategies need fine-tuning.

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The study’s recommendations will have to be strictly applied if Quebec is to create a momentum for commercial and institutional fleet electrification, and special priority will have to be given to clarifying certain regulatory and financial issues. The case studies clearly show that such actions generate very positive results, such as in California, which can serve as a model.

“This study unveils essential strategies for accelerating adoption of medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles in Quebec’s commercial and institutional fleets,” said Sarah Houde, president and CEO of Propulsion Québec, the electric and smart transportation cluster. “By comparing the province’s situation with various international case studies, our research reveals a number of common shortcomings. By identifying and comparing them, we can meet the challenge and find innovative solutions to address them.”

Propulsion Québec’s recommendations for the next decade include enhanced subsidy programs, support for the development and marketing of electric vehicles from Quebec manufacturers, the development of a financing solution and over 10 other recommendations, the complete list of which can be found on their site.