Montreal, November 2, 2020. – The governments of Canada and Quebec are announcing a contribution of nearly $3.6 million for Propulsion Québec, Quebec’s industrial cluster for electric and smart transportation, to help innovation in Canada’s mining industry. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Paul Lefebvre, made the announcement today along with Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonatan Julien, and Quebec’s Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Benoit Charette.

This investment will support the design and development of an electric propulsion system for a 40-ton mining truck, along with a battery solution technology and a fast-charging infrastructure adapted to mining operations. The project has the potential to eliminate the burning of more than 80,000 litres of diesel annually per vehicle, eliminating more than 220 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The solutions developed will be tested and validated in real-world conditions in a quarry in Val-d’Or as well as in the facilities of the Nouveau Monde Graphite mine in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, a forward-looking mining company planning to build Canada’s first all-electric open-pit mine. The project brings together co-founding partners Propulsion Québec, the Innovative Vehicle Institute (IVI) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), in collaboration with Adria Power Systems, Dana TM4, Fournier & Fils and Nouveau Monde Graphite.

The importance of Canada’s resource sectors to our national economy and our everyday lives has been magnified during the pandemic. The governments of Canada and Quebec remain committed to building a clean energy future that will support the natural resource sectors through this tough economic time while contributing to improving its environmental record, economic growth and the creation of good-quality jobs. 

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