With the Electric Vehicles 2011-2020 Action Plan, the government's goal is for electric vehicles to play a significant role in Québec's ground transportation system in the near future.
|25% of new light passenger vehicle sales will be electric vehicles in 2020.|
|Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions||Leveraging Industrial Development Opportunities||Reducting Dependance on Oil|
|Between 1990 and 2009, greenhouse gas emissions of Road transportation increased of 29.6%. As hydroelectricity is already a major source of energy in a number of sectors, transportation is the area with the greatest potential for improved environmental performance in terms of lower greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are essential to reaching our new target for greenhouse gas emissions: 20% of 1990 levels by 2020.||The electric vehicle industry is growing rapidly. In a number of areas, Québec-based businesses have attracted note with their contributions to technological development. Québec also has a thriving research environment with top-flight research centers working on tomorrow's technology. The opportunities are there for Québec to seize, by leveraging its strengths in targeted industry niches.||Québec spent $11 billion on oil in 2010, making it our number one import.
There is no doubt that reducing our oil imports would help reduce our trade deficit and have a positive impact on Québec's gross domectic product. In other words, each dollar spent on hydroelectricity to fill the tank is a dollar that stays in Québec instead of going to oil producers elsewhere.
Electric Vehicles 2011-2020 Action Plan offers a broader vision of electric vehicles than just light passenger vehicles. It will include electrification initiatives aimed at both personal travel and mass transit as well as freight transportation.
|The government will invest $250 million to develop the new electric transportation industry and promote the use of electric vehicles.|
Here is a concrete example of an electric-powered trip chain.