The first electric ambulances in Quebec will arrive in Montreal, Laval in 2023

Quebec’s health ministry says Montreal and Laval will be the first cities in the province to get all-electric ambulances set to hit the streets next year.

Urgences-Santé has acquired eight ambulances from Quebec companies Demers Ambulances and Lion Electric, which joined forces in 2016 to develop the Demers eFX ambulance with financial support from the federal and provincial governments.

Two of the eight ambulances should be in circulation in 2023 and Urgences-Santé plans to buy six more in 2023-2024. The vehicles made in Quebec were unveiled for the first time last October.

Company officials said they consulted with paramedics when developing the eFX, which provides more legroom and greater freedom of movement to access patients.

Health Minister Christian Dubé and Benoit Charrette, minister responsible for the fight against climate change, said in a statement on Wednesday that the purchase is “a first step in the replacement of gasoline-powered ambulance vehicles, in order to reduce significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. .”

“In addition to being a further step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, its use has several considerable advantages, improving ergonomics and reducing the risk of accidents in the vehicle during trips,” said Dubé.

This move towards electric vehicles – funded in part by the province’s Electrification and Climate Change Fund – is part of the Government of Quebec‘s commitments at COP26 to ensure that its entire fleet of heavy vehicles issued by the government will be zero emissions by 2040.

The eFX vehicle has a range of around 200 kilometers on a single charge and a lifespan of around 10 years, compared to five years for traditional petrol ambulances.

Over the next few months, the Quebec Ministry of Transport will also fund the deployment of six additional electric ambulances in other regions of Quebec.

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