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Quebec’s EV Charging Strategy: 600 000 parking spaces to electrify by 2030

600 000 : This is the number of parking spaces in multi-unit buildings that will allow electric vehicle (EV) owners to charge their vehicles at home by 2030, representing 35% of all multi-unit parking spaces in Quebec.

But one charging station alone can potentially mean needing an infrastructure upgrade; unless an electric vehicle energy management system (EVEMS) is used, as RVE argues with the DCC product line, suitable for both new and existing single-family homes and multi-residential buildings.

Quebec’s Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy

This target of 600,000 EV charging spaces is the first of two outlined in the Quebec government’s new Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, unveiled earlier this month, whereby $514 million will be released over 5 years to grant opportunities and tackle several barriers in both public and private charging domains.

“Typically, 80% of charging time for personal electric vehicles takes place at the owner’s home. For the 3.2 million people in Québec living in multiple dwelling buildings, access to a charging station at home can be a major challenge.”

— Excerpt from Quebec’s Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy

Continuing to simplify home charging

This release is of special interest to RVE as the government has promised to bring charging to private parking spaces in MURBs, which include condos and apartment buildings, the area that RVE has become a specialist in, having made sales for the EV readiness of 20,000 units in Quebec, and several more across Canada and the United States. And not to be forgotten is the consultation and assistance that specialists at RVE’s sister brand, Murbly, have provided condo boards and individuals in Quebec, and from afar via online resources, since its start in 2020.

And it is given our 8 years of experience in the field that RVE knows how critical a strategic deployment of charging is for a low impact result on the grid, residential infrastructure, and overall costs. An EVEMS product, such as the DCC by RVE, offers management specifically tailored to the high-energy demands of electric vehicle charging, providing the solution for a safe and zero energy impact at all levels of residential charging use.

It is also due to our experience that we confidently accept the challenge to bring EV readiness to the proposed 600,000 parking spaces in MURBs, and extend this to the remaining million more spaces that will eventually need electricity management.

The strategy – a brief overview

2 targets: 

  • By 2030, 35% of parking spaces in multiple dwelling buildings will be adapted to allow the installation of charging stations, constituting 600,000 parking spaces.
  • By 2030, Québec will have a total of 6,700 public fast-charging stations and 110,000 Level 2 public charging stations.
3 focus area: 

  • Deploy a charging infrastructure for all types of users
  • Create a favourable business environment
  • Ensure efficient, coordinated and integrated development of charging
Included measures to increase access to home charging:

  • Provide financial assistance for electrical infrastructure upgrades in existing buildings of five dwellings or more.
  • Adopt regulations for the installation of charging infrastructures in new buildings of five dwellings or more.
  • Increase funding for charging stations in multiple dwelling buildings and workplaces.
  • Set up a pilot project for “charging orphans”.

Given that the vast majority of EV charging takes place at home, it’s vital that the charging infrastructure in place is not only suitable, but also efficient, simple and convenient for users. That’s why we applaud the Quebec government for finally giving greater importance to charging in multi-dwelling units, which represents a crucial point in achieving the goals of electrifying personal transport.

RVE is experienced, qualified and ready to support the measures adopted by the Quebec government. Our expertise, experience and offering of innovative products resolving the barriers of access to charging and energy impact on the grid are one of the keys to successfully implementing this strategy.

Summary of the financial assistance granted in Quebec so far

From the Quebec government until this date: $249 million
From the Quebec government this year 2023: $514 million over 5 years
From the Quebec government from 2023 to 2030: over $700 million

We’re proud to be a Quebec company based in the most advanced province in the country in terms of transportation electrification, whose efforts are setting an example for other Canadian provinces as well as the United States.

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