The installation of 14 public charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu was announced yesterday.

The announcement was made by Mélanie Dufresne, Chair of the Board of Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région, and, on behalf of the partners of the Electric Circuit, the President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, Thierry Vandal.

Commissioning of these 240-V charging stations, which will be completed by the end of the year, said the partners, allowing EV drivers wishing to take advantage of the region’s attractions to travel with peace of mind, knowing they can rely on a network of public charging stations.

“This is an important step that will help convince drivers to purchase electric vehicles and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu,” said Michel Fecteau, Mayor of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Prefect of the MRC du Haut-Richelieu. “The Electric Circuit will benefit tourism development in our region.”

The Electric Circuit public charging offer in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu will expand gradually as more electric vehicles arrive in the region. The initial locations covered by the August 12 agreement are:

  •    Municipality of Henryville: CLSC – 125, rue de l’Église (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Lacolle: Cyclist rest area – 103, rue de l’Église Sud (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Noyan: Parking at MacCullum Park – 2007, chemin de la Petite-France (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Alexandre: Pavillon des loisirs – 440, rue Bernard (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu: City hall – 795, rue des Loisirs (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville: 100, rue Principale (one charging station)
  •    City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  •    City hall – 188, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord (one charging station)
  •    Le Bougainvillier professional centre – 315, rue MacDonald (one charging station)
  •    Saint-Luc library – 347, boulevard Saint-Luc (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Paul-de-l’Île-aux-Noix – Blockhaus de la Rivière-Lacolle, 1, rue Principale (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Sébastien: 190, rang des Dussault (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Saint-Valentin: Municipal parking, 790, chemin de la 4e-Ligne (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Sainte-Brigide-d’Iberville: Municipal centre, 510, 9e Rang (one charging station)
  •    Municipality of Venise-en-Québec: Tourism welcome office, 250, avenue de Venise Ouest (one charging station)

Dufresne said the fourteen 240-volt charging stations are in addition to the two already in service in the region. Last September, the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the Electric Circuit inaugurated a first charging station at the Fernand-Charest cultural centre. Another charging station is in service at the St-Hubert restaurant on Boulevard du Séminaire Nord.

Drivers pay a fee of $2.50 to use an Electric Circuit charging station, and do so using a dedicated access card. Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région will keep all income generated from the use of the charging stations it has purchased.

Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor

The new charging stations under this agreement are adding to the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor inaugurated last fall. Linking Montréal to Montpelier via Burlington, the charging corridor is the result of a partnership between the province of Québec and the State of Vermont. Some 40 public charging stations are currently available to electric vehicles drivers in Vermont, through the Drive Electric Vermont network, and nearly 300 are offered in Québec as part of the Electric Circuit.