Quebec plans to establish public DC fast charging network for EVs

Quebec plans to establish public DC fast charging network for EVs

At Quebec’s Assemblee Nationale on May 15, 2018, a law was presented by Minister Pierre Moreau -- Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources -- for the setting up of a public DC fast charging (DCFC) network for electric vehicles (EVs) around the Canadian province.

The move will enable Hydro-Quebec to fix the charging rates of the public service DCFC for EVs around Quebec. The revenue generated from the public DCFC network will be re-invested in new EV charging infrastructure, so that the charging revenue completely goes towards financing DCFC deployment.

The deployment of public DCFC in Quebec is a significant move, especially in the wake of the fact that EV adoption in the province is notably on the rise, to the extent of a two-fold increase each year. Going by the March 31, 2018 figures, Quebec had a total of nearly 24,695 EVs. The province is aiming at increasing the number of EVs to 100,000 in 2020, 300,000 in 2026, and 1 million in 2030.

In order to lay down an efficient EV charging infrastructure to cater to the potential increase in EV numbers in the coming years, Quebec -- which presently has nearly 130 DCFCs -- is targeting the addition of 1,600 DCFCs over the next decade.

With regard to the new law for establishing public DCFC in Quebec, Moreau said: “In order to attain our objectives, it is imperative that Quebec installs a DCFC network.”