MONTREAL, July 27, 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 Discount Car and
Truck Rentals for the rollout of public charging stations for electric
vehicles. The stations will be installed in the cities of Québec,
Boucherville, Blainville and Montréal by the end of 2012.
"As a rental company concerned with environmental issues, the
installation of these five first public charging stations is part of an
important phase that began with the addition of two Chevrolet Volt
electric vehicles to our rental fleet. As the demand for this type of
vehicle is growing in urban areas, it is natural for us to continue to
meet the needs of consumers with public charging stations. We are
particularly proud to be associated with the founding members of The
Electric Circuit, powered by Hydro-Québec", said Robert Lalonde, Vice
President of Discount.
"We are delighted to welcome a new member to The Electric Circuit and
continue to increase our service," added Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior
Director - Strategic Planning at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of The
Electric Circuit's founding partners. "The fact that a well-known car
rental company such as Discount is willing to support transportation
electrification is a significant step that demonstrates the growing
interest in this field."
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 Hydro-Québec's Strategic Plan 2009-2013 and the Québec government's 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles.
Close to 50 240-volt Electric Circuit stations are already available in
parking lots at 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. The Electric
Circuit Web site, www.theelectriccircuit.com is updated as new stations are deployed.
About Discount Car and Truck Rentals
Discount Car and Truck Rentals is a Québec leader with over 120
locations administered by experienced local managers, sensitive to
their specific markets. For more information, please visit www.discountquebec.com.
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
For further information:
Hydro-Québec for the Electric Circuit
Vice President, Discount
514 333-0066, extension 7310