BRIO Intelligent Car Wash joins the Electric Circuit

MONTRÉAL, April 11, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The founding partners of the Electric Circuit—Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, RONA, METRO, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Québec—are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement with BRIO Intelligent Car Wash for the deployment of twelve public charging station for electric vehicles at four car washes. A first car wash was commissioned in Magog and three others are planned in Varennes, Trois-Rivières and Terrebonne.

"We have laid the groundwork for our car washes," said Mario Di Palma, President of BRIO. "Our plan calls for a network of 50 car washes, each equipped with public charging stations for electric vehicles, which will provide greater geographical coverage in Québec."

A traditional car wash uses up to 300 litres of water! BRIO has designed the first smart car wash with a system that recycles 95% of the water it uses. In addition, BRIO uses and recycles rainwater, reducing its consumption of drinking water. BRIO's car wash buildings are made of steel and all washing products are certified Blue Coral® Beyond Green.

"This partnership with BRIO, a network of smart, automated car washes, is a great opportunity for our network," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President – Public and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of the founding partners of the Electric Circuit. "It allows us to extend our offer to another type of business, giving Electric Circuit customers new opportunities to charge their vehicles."

About BRIO

BRIO (www.bri-o.com) designs, manufacturers and operates a network of car washes that will revolutionize the industry. Research and development carried out since 2007 have made its mark. Its unique technological innovations are at the heart of its intelligent car wash system that recycles and filters used water. The buildings housing BRIO car washes, in addition to being attractive, meet the highest standards in sustainable building.

About the Electric Circuit

The Electric Circuit is a major initiative in the rollout of charging infrastructure needed to support the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec.

The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Québec, with more than 250 Level 2 (240-V) charging stations and one fast-charge (400-V) station in operation in parking lots of the AMT, RONA stores, Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert restaurants throughout Québec. Since its launch in March 2012, 60 private and institutional partners have joined the Electric Circuit. It will continue to expand in order to offer greater geographical coverage and serve more electric vehicles drivers in many regions of Québec.

Electric Circuit users have access to a 24/7 telephone help line run by CAA-Québec, as well as a charging station locator service. The Electric Circuit Web site, www.theelectriccircuit.com, is updated as new stations are installed or commissioned.

SOURCE Electric Circuit

For further information: Nathalie Vachon, Hydro-Québec, for the Electric Circuit, 514 289-2441 / vachon.nathalie@hydro.qc.ca; Charles Alexander, Vice President Marketing, Brio, 514 360-4422 / charles.alexander@bri-o.com