Ottawa bringing EV infrastructure to Northern Quebec
By Don Horne
Ottawa has announced an investment of more than $2.6 million to TUGLIQ Energy Co.to address barriers to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Northern Quebec.
Specifically, the investment will help TUGLIQ Energy Co. demonstrate and assess the use of innovative EV technology and charging stations tied to a hybrid diesel-renewable smart grid. Introducing cutting-edge EV infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote northern communities, will demonstrate how these communities can meet their future transportation needs with zero-emission vehicle technologies.
“For 10 years, and in the wake of today’s announcement, Tugliq is proud to support and accompany its industrial clients in the North, as well as their Aboriginal and government partners, in achieving greenhouse gas emission reduction and net-zero targets. We are proud to invest with you, and to develop and deploy innovative solutions tailored to Côte-Nord’s industrial needs, especially those targeting extreme remote environments,” says Laurent Abbatiello, President and CEO, TUGLIQ Energy Co.
The project is expected to reduce greenhouse gases and protect fragile ecosystems while also providing Inuit attending the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy with job opportunities through the operation and maintenance training of EV charging stations.
The transportation sector accounts for 25 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Montreal-based TUGLIQ Energy Co. offers cost-effective, leading-edge alternatives to diesel and heavy fuel oil, focusing on islanded micro-grids in remote regions, where climate change exerts a heavier toll on communities and on the environment. TUGLIQ Energy Co. is also investing more than $1.8 million in the project. Data collected through this project will support the future integration of fast-charging infrastructure, create jobs and contribute to an increased uptake of EVs.
The federal funding for this project was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, which aims to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.