Premier Pauline Marois’ government wants to create a thriving industry here in the province, around electric cars and public transit.
Marois made the announcement Thursday along with Minister Daniel Breton.
“We will add 5000 new place where it will be possible to recharge a battery,” Marois said. “We will also support the consumers if they want to buy.”
The province is offering rebates up to $8000 on hybrid and electric vehicles, a discount available to consumers as well as municipalities.
It’s a tough sell for many Montrealers, especially those who live off island.
“Electrification won’t help up in the short to mid-term,” said Steven Guilbault of Equiterre. “It takes time to change our transportation, years to deploy electric vehicles on our roads, years to deploy thousands of charging stations.”
Breton defended the idea and said most citizens have two vehicles, and that one could be a regular gas car for those family road trips, and an electric for heading to office.