Eleven fast-charge stations for electric vehicles in Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent

SAINTE-ANNE-DES-MONTS, QC, July 12, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Electric Circuit is delighted to announce the installation of 11 fast-charge stations in the Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions. The stations will be commissioned this summer, allowing electric vehicle drivers to tour the entire coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, from Matane to Amqui.

Spearheaded by Dany Bergeron, a pharmacist and the President of the Corporation de développement de Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, this initiative aims to support the growing number of plug-in vehicles in Gaspésie and Bas-St-Laurent. The project was made possible with the financial assistance of Hydro-Québec, the Québec government, and the Corporation de développement de Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis as well as its regional partners. The 11 stations will be installed in Matane, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, Grande-Vallée, Gaspé, Percé, Chandler, Paspébiac, New Richmond, Pointe-à-la-Croix and Amqui.

"I am very proud of this new step toward securing our vision for transportation electrification, a vision that combines environmental protection and technological innovation. Today's announcement marks an important milestone in the roll-out of the infrastructure needed to increase the number of electric vehicles in Québec. The installation of these stations is perfectly in line with the energy transition espoused in our government's 2030 Energy Policy and its Transportation Electrification Plan," said Minister Sébastien Proulx.

"Electric vehicles represent the best solution for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment. I am convinced that the region's network of fast-charge stations will persuade many drivers to opt for electric vehicles, while being an economic generator of regional development. Thank you to everyone who helped make this project possible," added Dany Bergeron, President of the Corporation de développement de Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis.

"The Electric Circuit wishes to highlight the leadership of Mr. Bergeron of the Corporation de développement de Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis in completing this important project that contributes to transportation electrification in Québec. We wish to thank all the project's partners for their trust in the Electric Circuit and we salute the investment they are making to offer plug-in vehicle drivers a fast-charge network in the region," said Éric Martel, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec. 

About the Transportation Electrification Action Plan 2015-2020
Today's announcement is in line with the Transportation Electrification Action Plan 2015–2020. By focussing on transportation electrification, Québec, which has clean energy available in large quantities and at a competitive cost, will be a leader in the use of electric-powered means of transportation and a forerunner in the realm of sustainable mobility.

To learn more about the Transportation Electrification Action Plan 2015–2020, go to transportselectriques.gouv.qc.ca/en.

About the Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Québec. It is a major initiative in the implementation of the infrastructure required to support the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec. The network comprises over 690 public charging stations, including 41 fast-charge stations, operating across 16 Québec regions. Since its launch in March 2012, 148 private and institutional partners have joined the Electric Circuit, and the network now has over 8,600 members.

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 theelectriccircuit.com and the mobile app for iOS and Android are updated as new stations are commissioned. The Electric Circuit card also allows users to access the 150 Québec charging stations of FLO (formerly the VERnetwork).


SOURCE Electric Circuit

For further information: Louis-Olivier Batty, Press Officer, Hydro-Québec, for the Electric Circuit, 514 289-4214; Dany Bergeron, President, Corporation de développement de Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis, 418 904-9599; Marie Deschamps, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie--Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, 418 644-0664

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