Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles At Place Des Arts

Quebec’s Electric Circuit announced yesterday the signing of a partnership agreement with Montreal’s Place des Arts for the installation of four public charging stations in its underground parking lot. These stations will be a first in the Quartier des spectacles.

“Place des Arts plays a major role in Quebec’s cultural development and intends to play an important role in sustainable development. Its commitment translates into actions such as the installation of charging stations to improve the quality of life of Quebec citizens and show consideration for present and future generations,” said Marc Blondeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal.

“We are delighted to welcome a new member to The Electric Circuit,” added Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director – Strategic Planning at Hydro-Quebec, on behalf of The Electric Circuit’s founding partners. “This partnership will allow users of plug-in electric vehicles to have access to additional charging stations in downtown Montreal, in a neighborhood known for its vitality and festivities that attract people from everywhere.”

Starting next September, showgoers and other visitors to this major cultural complex will have access to Electric Circuit charging stations in the underground parking area of Place des Arts.

The Electric Circuit considers itself a major milestone in the rollout of the charging infrastructure needed to support the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles in Quebec and is in line with the Québec government’s 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles.

Nearly 50 240-volt Electric Circuit stations are currently available in parking lots of many RONA hardware stores, Metro grocery stores and Rôtisseries St-Hubert locations in the greater Montreal and Quebec areas. There will be more than 120 charging stations in Quebec by fall 2012. After that, the roll-out of 240-volt and even faster (400 volt) charging stations will expand as more electric vehicles hit Quebec roads.