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Québec city, the capital of the province of Québec, is joining the Electric Circuit public charging network and will improve the availability of charging for electric vehicles on its territory.
Over the next two years, the city said it will acquire 18 Level 2 (240 volts) charging stations, which will be installed off-street, in municipal lots.
“This agreement with the Electric Circuit, powered by Hydro-Québec, is in line with one of the objectives of the city of Québec’s sustainable mobility plan, which includes using hybrid and electric vehicles,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume. “One of the recommendations of this plan is to convene with the Electric Circuit to install charging stations for electric vehicles. I hope this partnership will meet the needs of the growing number of electric vehicle users in our region.”
The agreement calls for the first ten charging stations to be in service by the end of this year, and eight more next year. The 240 volts charging stations will be installed in indoor and outdoor city parking lots.
“We are very proud to have the city of Québec join the Electric Circuit,” said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President – Public and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of the founding partners of the Electric Circuit. “It marks a major step in the roll-out of our network. Not only will it allow us to improve charging availability in a region with a high concentration of electric vehicles, but it will also facilitate the Electric Circuit’s expansion eastward.”
The initial sites include the following:
- Monique-Corriveau library: 1100, route de l’Église
- Sainte-Foy-Sillery-Cap-Rouge borough office: 1130, route de l’Église
- Sainte-Foy sports centre: 930, avenue Rolland-Beaudin
- Giffard sports complex: 3500, rue Cambronne
- ExpoCité: Québec’s multipurpose amphitheatre and Espace K: 250, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel
- City Hall: 2, rue des Jardins
- Marché du Vieux-Port : 160, quai Saint-André
- Chauveau soccer stadium: 7200, boulevard de l’Ormière
After announcing this partnership at the Québec International Auto Show held this week, the Electric Circuit invites members of the public and businesses to visit its stand to learn more about charging electric vehicles at home, at work and in public places.
The Electric Circuit added visitors have a chance to test drive electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, an activity organized by CAA-Québec in collaboration with the Québec International Auto Show, Québec’s Natural Resources Ministry and the Electric Circuit, powered by Hydro-Québec. Visitors can try one of the 13 electric vehicles available: Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, the Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-MAX Energi and Ford Fusion hybrid.
Since April 2013, the Electric Circuit charging stations deployed have been entirely designed and manufactured in Québec by AddÉnergie Technologies, explained the Electric Circuit.