MONTREAL, Sept. 14, 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 the Université de
Sherbrooke to roll-out five new public charging stations for electric
These public charging stations will be installed in the coming weeks to
encourage drivers to opt for plug-in electric vehicles, while meeting
the university's vehicle charging needs at night. The university will
install three charging stations in Sherbrooke-one at the main campus,
one at the health campus and one at the Parc Innovation-, one in
Bromont, at the new MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI), as
well as one at its Longueuil campus, on Montréal's south shore. These
charging stations will create an electric route between Montréal and
the Montérégie and Estrie regions.
For the Université de Sherbrooke, joining The Electric Circuit
contributes to "maintaining the university at the cutting edge of
innovation in sustainable mobility, and is in line with the sustainable
development orientations of the university's strategic plan, Réussir 2010-2015," said Professor Alain Webster, Vice-President of Sustainable Development
and Government Relations. This move is also great news for the
community, as 90 % of students and employees are in favor of installing
charging stations and purchasing more electric vehicles, based on the
recent survey about sustainable mobility strategies. In addition, this
orientation complements the research development strategy on
transportation electrification, an important research vector,
especially at the faculty of engineering.
"We are delighted with the arrival of the Université de Sherbrooke as a
new member of The Electric Circuit," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné,
Hydro-Québec's Senior Director - Strategic Planning, on behalf of The
Electric Circuit's founding partners. "This entry into the Estrie
region allows us to increase our service offering and extend it to the
three points of the Montréal-Québec-Sherbrooke triangle, cities that
form an important geographic and economic area in Québec."
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.
Nearly 80 240-volt Electric Circuit stations are already available in
parking lots of the AMT, as well as those of many RONA hardware stores,
Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert Restaurants in the greater Montréal
and Québec areas. More than 150 charging stations will be available in
Québec by the end of 2012. The cost of using them, excluding parking
fees in some cases, is $2.50 per charge, no matter how long it takes.
The ongoing roll-out of 240-V and even faster 400-V charging stations
will expand as more electric vehicles hit Québec roads.
Electric vehicle owners do most of their charging at home and at work,
but this public charging infrastructure 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.
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
For further information:
Hydro-Québec for The Electric Circuit
Université de Sherbrooke
819 821-8000, extension 63395