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TUGLIQ Energy Co. to receive $2.6M to address EV infrastructure in northern Quebec

The investment will help TUGLIQ Energy Co. demonstrate and assess the use of innovative EV technology and charging stations tied to a hybrid diesel-renewable smart grid.

April 27, 2022   by CM Staff

SEPT-ÎLES — On Apr. 27, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of more than $2.6 million to TUGLIQ Energy Co. to address barriers to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Northern Quebec.

Specifically, the investment will help TUGLIQ Energy Co. demonstrate and assess the use of innovative EV technology and charging stations tied to a hybrid diesel-renewable smart grid. Introducing EV infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote northern communities, will hopefully demonstrate how these communities can meet their future transportation needs with zero-emission vehicle technologies.

The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gases and protect fragile ecosystems while also providing Inuit attending the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy with job opportunities through the operation and maintenance training of EV charging stations.

The transportation sector accounts for 25 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Montreal-based TUGLIQ Energy Co. offers alternatives to diesel and heavy fuel oil, focusing on islanded micro-grids in remote regions, where climate change exerts a heavier toll on communities and on the environment. TUGLIQ Energy Co. is also investing more than $1.8 million in the project. Data collected through this project will support the future integration of fast-charging infrastructure, create jobs and contribute to an increased uptake of EVs.

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The federal funding for this project was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, which aims to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.

“By investing in making EV chargers more accessible to people in Nunavik, Quebec, the federal government is delivering on our commitment to Canadians to ensure that communities across the country are moving toward a net-zero future and contributing to the achievement of our climate goals.” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources.