Transportation Electrification Strategy 2021-2023: Toward Sustainable Mobility

Last updated August 23, 2023
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Montréal wants to increase and diversify the supply of electric transportation by developing more sustainable, affordable and accessible mobility options. The Transportation Electrification Strategy will help the city achieve this goal.

By working with civil society and business, Montréal  intends to:

  • Shift as many trips as possible to public transit and shared modes of transportation
  • Improve the energy performance and efficiency of the transportation system

Six key orientations

The new version of the Transportation Electrification Strategy highlights the diversity of the means deployed and the partnerships involved.

1. Focus on active and collective transport

  • Work in collaboration with the Société de transport de Montréal to ensure that 84 per cent of all trips are on electric vehicles, including buses and the subway.
  • Enhance shared electric mobility services by adding 2,100 electric Bixi bikes and 250 electric taxis.

2. Make charging electric cars easier by:

  • Installing 600 new level 2 public charging stations and 60 public fast charging stations;
  • Proposing regulation that requires owners of all new residential buildings with parking areas to install basic electrical infrastructure to which charging stations can be connected.

3. Reduce the nuisance caused by freight transport by electrifying fleets in urban areas

  • Encourage the electrification of urban freight transportation so that 500,000 packages are delivered annually by electric modes.
  • Establish new urban logistics spaces to serve a larger territory and more boroughs.

4. Replace all of the city’s end-of-life sub-compact vehicles with electric models. For other classes of vehicles, opt for electric models, where possible. 

5. Prepare for the deployment of the first Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Montréal. LEZs will be free of air and noise pollution caused by gasoline-powered vehicles. 

6. Invest $13 million in direct support to propel the growth of Montréal businesses associated with sustainable mobility and the electromobility ecosystem.

Electromobility is one of the priorities set in the Montréal 2030 Strategic Plan. In addition, the Electrification Strategy is an important component of the Climate Plan 2020-2030. Electrification of transportation is a key goal if the city is to meet its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It is also one of the pillars of the green economic recovery promoted by the 2020 and 2021 Montréal Economic Recovery Plans.

Award of Excellence for Climate Action

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) recognizes the Ville de Montréal for its 2nd Transportation Electrification Strategy. The association recognizes the agility and openness of the strategy.

Logo : TAC / ATC