Millions will be spent on vehicles, charging stations, infrastructure and other technologies.
Telecommunications giant, Quebecor has announced plans to electrify its vehicle fleet in order to fight climate change. Currently, the company has 30 electric cars on its fleet, but plans to convert almost all of its 1,100 vehicles over to electric in the future.
Quebecor’s plans include purchasing electric cars and converting light trucks from internal combustion to electric. “Business has an important role to play in tackling climate change,” said Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor. “Quebecor has always been a pioneer in its fields of activity and in many social spheres. Today, we are proud to expand our commitment by participating in Québec’s energy transition to a sustainable economy. This process will guarantee responsible management of Quebecor’s fleets: among other things, it will increase the useful life of our light trucks and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by switching to hydroelectricity, one of Québec’s greatest collective natural assets.”
The company will initially focus on the electrification of Videotron’s 900 fleet vehicles by purchasing new electric cars and converting gasoline-powered light trucks. Between now and 2024, more than $14 million will be needed to assure a transition of nearly 200 Videotron vehicles, purchase electric charging stations and upgrade infrastructure.
“Once again, Videotron is demonstrating strong leadership by becoming the first telecommunications company in Canada to embark on the electrification of its vehicles in a concrete way,” said Jean-François Pruneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron.
TVA plans to electrify nearly 60 vehicles, including those operated by TVA Nouvelles, within five years, at a cost of over $3.5 million.
“Over the past several years, TVA has implemented a number of green measures and has taken concrete steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions; for example, the Rolling Green program is cutting the emissions produced by our soundstages,” said France Lauzière, President and Chief Executive Officer of TVA Group and Chief Content Officer of Quebecor Content. “This shift towards transportation electrification fits perfectly with our commitment.”