Prévost announces a major electrification program with the support of the Government of Quebec
SAINTE CLAIRE, QC, April 7, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Prevost, part of the Volvo Group, announces a new electrification program. Through this five-year program, Prevost will develop a new 100% electric coach as well as a retrofit kit to convert diesel engines to electric propulsion systems.
In support of this project, the government of Quebecthrough Investissement Québec, will grant a forgivable loan of $15.15 million. In addition, the Ministry of the Environment of Quebec will provide a $7.5 million non-refundable contribution to Prevost.
The new electric coach will offer a range of 400 km. A total of 115 jobs will be created during the program, while 650 will be maintained.
“We are delighted to be able to count on the support of the Quebec government. The coach market is happy to contribute to the fight against climate change, and Prevost is ready to participate and to propose an alternative of electric motorization to contribute to this global transformation”, declared François TremblayPresident of Prevost. Tremblay added: “We are 2 years away from celebrating Prevost 100and anniversary, so what better way to celebrate than by bringing sustainable innovations to market!”
“This project is promising for our entire electrical industry. Our economic future largely depends on electrification. Quebec has everything to position itself at the forefront. We have everything to be a leader in the green economy. invest to build a more prosperous, greener and prouder Quebec. »
François Legault, Premier of Quebec
“Our government wants to make Quebec a global hub for transportation electrification. We will develop a complete industry, from mineral processing to the manufacture of electric vehicles.
Peter FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development
“We are proud to participate in the success of this project, the realization of which will contribute to the transport electrification objectives set out in the 2030 plan for a green economy. By promoting the development of innovative products in the electric vehicle industry, our government is demonstrating that it is resolutely committed to climate transition in Quebec. »
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Minister Responsible for the Fight Against Racism and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region
“Hundreds of dynamic companies such as Prevost are found everywhere in the Chaudière-Appalaches region. They operate in various industrial sectors and provide thousands of high quality jobs. Prevost will celebrate its centenary in two years and I would like to highlight the key role that the company plays in the economic development of the region. The project to develop an all-electric bus will once again generate significant spinoffs and job creation. »
Stéphanie Lachance, MNA for Bellechasse and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Families
“The Investissement Québec team based here and abroad has largely contributed to the realization of this major growth project for Prevost. It marks another step towards making Quebec a leader in transportation electrification and developing cutting-edge expertise there to promote a sustainable, low-carbon economy. This will generate significant spinoffs in the regions and throughout Quebec. »
Guy LeBlancPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Investissement Québec
Prevost has been providing coach solutions for nearly a century with an uncompromising commitment to quality, a drive for constant innovation and improvement, and a dedication to safety and sustainability in all aspects of the business. Today, Prevost is part of North America largest producers of premium intercity touring coaches and is the world leader in the production of premium motorized coaches and specialist conversion coaches. Customer support is secured through the coach industry’s largest service network with 17 OEM-owned and operated service centers across North Americaa dedicated customer support team with over 260 years of industry experience and 60 mobile service vans. Prevost manufacturing facilities are located in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, Canada and Plattsburgh, New York, United States.
Prevost is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of buses, trucks, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase uptime and productivity client. For more information, please visit www.volvogroup.com.
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