The 2019 Quebec Budget was recently announced. Here are the highlights regarding the electric and smart transportation industry.
- $465 million in funding over two years to encourage sustainable transportation. This will extend the Drive Electric program with additional funding to promote alternative forms of transportation, and funding for measures to foster transportation electrification.
- Extension of the Drive Electric program through 2021 with additional funding of $433.8 million, which is expected to contribute to the purchase of about 66,000 electric vehicles and the installation of close to 27,500 charging stations, as well as more than 1,200 workplace charging stations.
- A total of $21.7 million is allocated to encourage the purchase of used all-electric vehicles, now be covered by the Drive Green program.
- Review of the Drive Electric program in order to eliminate the $3,000 rebate for EVs for which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is between $75,000 to $125,000. The new maximum manufacturer’s suggested retail price for an electric vehicle is lowered to $60,000 (down from $75,000), now eligible for the $8 000 rebate on the purchase of such vehicle. For a full summary of vehicles covered on the program, please click here. To see home charging station rebates, click here.
- To facilitate the use of electric vehicles, $3.2 million in additional funding is provided to cover rebate applications in respect of workplace charging stations
- To test charging infrastructure of electric fleets, $1 million to fund pilot projects so that there is knowledge of technical and operational issues before implementing on a large scale.
- Funding of pilot projects – $1 million over two years – to test charging infrastructure for electric vehicle fleets, to identify technical and operational challenges before installing infrastructure on a larger scale.
- $4.5 million for a two-year pilot project within driving schools to educate student drivers on operating electric vehicles.
- $4.5 million over two years to enable a pilot project for reducing GHG emissions while fostering driving school industry’s transition to electric vehicles, enabling schools to raise first-time drivers’ awareness about green vehicles.
Click here to read the full budget.