QUEBEC, June 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - With the installation of an initial
network of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs)—the
"Circuit Électrique" announced this morning by Hydro-Québec—so
on to begin in Quebec, CAA-Quebec is stepping up to offer a telephone
help line that will assist owners of EVs when their batteries are
running low and they need a charge.
"CAA-Quebec feels it is only natural to support Hydro-Québec and its
partners in the implementation of a network of public charging
stations," says Pierre Beaudoin, Senior Director, CAA-Quebec Technical
Services. "Our organization has been there for motorists since the
earliest days of the automobile. And when automobiles evolve, we evolve
along with them."
Under the terms of a partnership with the public utility, CAA-Quebec
will operate a 24/7 help line at 1 855 999-VERT (8378). Agents will be
available to help all motorists, CAA-Quebec members and non-members
alike, when the time comes to charge their vehicle, or to direct the
caller to the nearest "Circuit Électrique" charging station.
"We'll be there at the other end of the line, ready to help out quickly,
drawing on our vast experience in roadside assistance services," Mr.
Beaudoin adds. In CAA-Quebec's eyes, the key to electrification of
Quebec's automobile fleet is a collective effort to make Quebec a
leader in the use of EVs.
Implementation of the network will be gradual, adjusting to the rate of
adoption of EVs in the province. The first charging stations will be
available early next year.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1.1 million members.
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