If there is one place in the world where running electric makes perfect sense, it is in Quebec!
Found out why, here.
Almost everywhere in the world, replacing gasoline (or diesel) with electric vehicles is already beneficial from an environmental point of view. But it's where electricity is generated in a clean, renewable way that the benefits are greatest.
Good thing, 99% of the electricity produced in Quebec comes from our rivers or the wind. Quebec is one of the places in the world where the consumption of electrical energy contributes the least to climate change.
The electricity used by Quebecers is also exemplary in terms of its impact on human health.
The electricity used by Quebecers is also exemplary in terms of its impact on the quality of ecosystems.
Running electric in Quebec is not only driving with the cleanest electricity in the world ... it is also AVOIDING driving with one of the most polluting gasolines in the world.
Since 2019, 100% of crude oil imported into Quebec comes from Western Canada and the United States. The source of the gasoline that powers Quebec cars is mainly shale oil and the tar sands of Alberta.
The energy produced in Quebec is one of the cleanest in the world, more than 99% from renewable sources.
Thus, the environmental impact of electric vehicles is particularly positive for us, especially for the fight against climate change.
Figure references :
1- National Inventory Report 1990–2017: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada - part 3 (2021)
2- For European countries : European Environment Agency (EEA) - Greenhouse gas emission intensity of electricity generation (2021)
3- For the United States : International Energy Agency (IEA) - Development of CO2 emission intensity of electricity generation in selected countries, 2000-2020 (2021)
4- For India : International Energy Agency (IEA) - Average CO2 emissions intensity of hourly electricity supply in India, 2018 and 2040 by scenario and average electricity demand in 2018
5- For Australia and data consistency check : 2019 Grid Electricity Emissions Factors v1.0 – June 2019, Carbonfootprint.com
6- For China : Xin Li, Konstantinos J. Chalvatzis, Dimitrios Pappas. China’s electricity emission intensity in 2020 – an analysis at provincial level. Energy Procedia, Volume 142, 2017
7- For types of power plants : Comparing power generation options and electricity mixes. CIRAIG, 2014 (Technical report ordered by Hydro-Quebec)
8- Human health and ecosystem impacts : Comparing power generation options and electricity mixes. CIRAIG, 2014 (Technical report ordered by Hydro-Quebec)
9- Proportions of oil imports from : État de l’énergie au Québec 2021, Chaire de gestion du secteur de l’énergie, HEC Montréal and Profil environnemental du gaz naturel acheté et vendu par Énergir, CIRAIG, 2020.
10- Figure from : État de l’énergie au Québec 2023, Chaire de gestion du secteur de l’énergie, HEC Montréal.