Even with the highest rate of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Canada, Quebec narrowly missed out on their goal of having 100,000 EVs on the road before the end of 2020.
According to figures published by the Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ), the province will have an estimated 92,000 plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles at midnight on December 31, 2020.
Despite just missing the target, AVEQ president and founder Simon-Pierre Rioux still calls the effort a success, telling CBC News “we reached our goal.”
One of the main reasons for Quebec’s high rate of EV adoption is the province’s Roulez vert rebate program, which offers $8,000 off the purchase of a qualifying EV.
Only British Columbia and more recently the Yukon also have rebate programs on top of the federal iZEV rebate of $5,000.
To support all those EVs the province also needs a robust charging network. As of December 3, 2020 Quebec EV drivers could select from the 6,295 charging stations around Quebec.