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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Federal government to fund 100 new electric car charging stations in Quebec

Hydro-Québec will receive $5 million to build the fast-charging stations across the province. It plans to build 1,600 stations over the next 10 years.

The federal government is giving Hydro-Québec $5 million to build 100 fast-charging stations across the province, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Wednesday.

The fast-charging stations can charge a vehicle’s battery to 80 per cent in half an hour.Increasing the number of charging stations is an important part of incentivizing people to use electric vehicles, McKenna said.

“We know that climate change is real and it’s having a huge economic cost, but at the same time we have a huge economic opportunity,” McKenna said.

“It’s been estimated that it’s a $26-trillion opportunity, and we need to take advantage of this.”Action to fight climate change could add $26 trillion to the global economy between now and 2030, according to a study released in September by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an organization created by the World Resources Institute, a United States-based think tank.


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