Quebec, Toyota to study hydrogen infrastructure

By ReNew Canada 09:03AM September 25, 2017



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Following the recent meeting between Quebec minister of energy and natural resources Pierre Arcand, and Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota Canada and Transition Énergétique Québec (TEQ) have announced their intention to enter into an MOU to study the market requirements for hydrogen infrastructure to support the introduction of fuel cell vehicles to Quebec.

The announcement was made during the Japanese component of a mission to Asia led by Arcand. The two-part mission to Japan and China is aimed at positioning Québec as a major player in the field of natural resources, renewable energy, and transportation electrification.

“We’re happy to be working with Transition Énergétique Québec to determine the requirements for the introduction of hydrogen infrastructure,” said Stephen Beatty, vice president of Toyota Canada Inc. “Our ultimate goal is to offer hydrogen fuel cell technology to Québec drivers, making a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Toyota and the Québec Government share a common goal—to reduce the carbon emissions of vehicles driven by Québec drivers—and they are collaborating to make this a reality.

“Québec has everything to gain by collaborating with partners like Toyota, a major player in the hydrogen-powered vehicle sector, which will enable us to use different means to ensure Québec’s energy transition,” added TEQ president Johanne Gélinas.

At an event in Brossard two weeks ago, Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada announced that Toyota Canada’s first hydrogen fueling and service facility will be built at its Québec zone office as a first step in the development of hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the province. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles offer emissions-free driving without interrupting driver habits, like quick refueling and driving long distances free of range anxiety.

“The energy transition in Québec is definitely under way,” added Minister Arcand. “We are being proactive to offer the choice to consumers just as we committed to do in our 2030 energy policy. I am delighted that such a major player as Toyota has chosen Québec as the site for setting up facilities for new technologies that will help us achieve our objectives in reducing petroleum-product consumption as well as greenhouse-gas emissions.”

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