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Demand for electric vehicles exceeds Hydro-Québec's expectations

Demand for electric vehicles exceeds Hydro-Québec's expectations

Hydro-Québec is forced to revise its forecast for electricity consumption in Quebec, due to the popularity of electric vehicles, but also because of the Legault government's new ambitions to electrify the car fleet.

A document submitted to the Régie de l'énergie shows that the state-owned company must adjust its 2023-2032 plan to adapt to the expected growth in the number of electric cars.

Hydro-Québec estimates that by 2032, it will be necessary to add 1.2 terawatt-hours (TWh) to the total energy demand already expected, just because of the needs of this type of vehicle. To give an order of magnitude, 1.2 TWh is equivalent to the electricity consumption of 70,000 households in Quebec.

The state-owned company wrote to Regie on January 19 that it was the “strengthening of the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standard” that forced it to review its accounts. The Quebec government announced last year that its Green Economy Plan now aims to achieve a target of 2 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030 instead of 1.6 million.

There are 250,000 electric cars registered in Quebec.

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Hydro-Québec has underestimated demand

On November 30, Hydro-Québec's senior management admitted, before a parliamentary committee, that it had not anticipated such a request.