The local government plans to impose on those who build a new home to install a 240V charging station for electric vehicles.
In an attempt to spur the demand for electric cars, the Quebec government is currently considering a law that will impose on new home builders to fit the houses with an external charging outlet for electric cars. The officials said that an impact study was underway to evaluate the efficiency behind this interesting proposal, with the results being expected to be published by the end of the summer. It is quite a simple and not-so-costly solution, as it is easier to include and install such outlets on new buildings, than to fit them afterwards. By doing so, the costs with a new house will rise by around 400 dollars, mainly because of the adaptation of the electrical panel and the wiring needed.
For the existing houses, the price for a 240-volt charging station can vary between 600 and 1,300 dollars, and installation costs anywhere from 400 to 1,100 dollars before taxes, while on average it costs 1,500 dollars for the charging station and its installation. To help those who plan to buy an electric car, the government offers a rebate of up to 1,000 dollars for purchasing and setting up the outlets.
The demand for electric vehicles has not been so great in Quebec so far, as there were only 8,338 such cars registered by the end of 2015. However, the government plans to push forward on this path and it targets to have 100,000 electric cars on the roads by 2020.