Quebec renews support for natural gas trucks

MONTREAL, QC – Quebec’s latest budget has renewed the Ecocamionnage (green trucking) program until 2020 and offers more financial support to those who want to fuel up with natural gas. And $20.5 million continues to be available to expand the fueling network.

Ecocamionnage offsets 30% of the price of outfitting trucks for Liquefied or Compressed Natural Gas. Those upgrades can cost about $30,000 per vehicle.

“The Ecocamionnage program represents an important lever for reaching Québec’s objectives in the fight against climate change, as it addresses Québec’s highest-emitting sector, which is transportation. Heavy trucks that replace diesel with natural gas reduce their [Greenhouse Gas] emissions up to 25%,” said Stephanie Trudeau, senior vice president – regulatory framework, customers and communities at Gaz Metro, which distributes the fuel.

According to Gaz Metro, switching a truck from diesel to natural gas will save 35 tonnes of Greenhouse Gases per year. If the natural gas is generated from organic waste, the truck will save up to 195 tonnes of Greenhouse Gases per year.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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