MONTREAL, July 30, 2012 /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 Place des Arts for
the installation of four public charging stations in its underground
parking lot. A first in the Quartier des spectacles.
"Place des Arts plays a major role in Québec'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 Québec 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-Québec, 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 Montréal, in a
neighborhood known for its vitality and festivities that attract people
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
The Electric Circuit is a major milestone in the rollout of the charging
infrastructure needed to support the arrival of plug-in electric
vehicles in Québec and is in line with the Québec government's 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles.
Nearly 50 240-volt Electric Circuit stations are already available in
parking lots of many RONA hardware stores, Metro grocery stores and
Rôtisseries St-Hubert locations in the greater Montréal and Québec
areas. There will be more than 120 charging stations in Québec by fall
2012. After that, the roll-out of 240-V and even faster (400 V)
charging stations will expand as more electric vehicles hit Québec
Electric vehicle owners do most of their charging at home and at work,
but the Electric Circuit allows drivers to travel worry free, knowing
they can top up their batteries on the road. Users of the public
charging network also have access to a 24/7 telephone help line run by
CAA-Québec as well as a charging station locator service. Of course,
The Electric Circuit Web site, www.theelectriccircuit.com, is updated as new stations are deployed.
About Place des Arts
As a public organization serving all Quebecers, the Société de la Place
des Arts de Montréal is dedicated to presenting the performing arts. It
programs and manages five performance halls and the Espace culturel
Georges-Émile-Lapalme in Montréal, as well as the Amphithéâtre
Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette. It also establishes the artistic program
for the Maison symphonique de Montréal for organizations other than the
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Home to major arts organizations,
Place des Arts encourages increased accessibility to various forms of
performing arts, and promotes Québec's artistic and cultural life.
Through this partnership with The Electric Circuit and by offering a
charging service for electric vehicles, Place des Arts wishes to help
its staff and visitors understand sustainable development and adopt
For further information:
Hydro-Québec for the Electric Circuit
Director of Public Relations and Development
Place des Arts