MONTREAL, June 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec and its
partners—RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence
métropolitaine de transport (AMT)—are pleased to announce the creation
of "The Electric Circuit", Canada's first public charging network for
plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Supplied with clean, renewable
energy, the first charging stations will be operational in early 2012
at the founding partners' business sites and at several AMT
PEV operators will be able to drive worry-free, knowing that a public
network of charging stations is available to meet their needs.
Initially, "The Electric Circuit" will consist of about a hundred 240-V
charging stations. Quick-charge (400-V) stations will be rolled out in
2012, once they have obtained Canadian certification.
"We are proud to be able to count on partners of this caliber whose
banners can be seen at over 900 locations in Québec. These are solid,
well-established companies that, like Hydro-Québec, put a high priority
on sustainable development, customer satisfaction and growth in
electric vehicle use," said Hydro-Québec CEO Thierry Vandal. "While the
vast majority of recharging will be done at home and at work, the
availability of a public charging network is essential to meet
customers' backup or emergency needs."
Partners with vision
"RONA is committed to becoming a sustainable development leader in our
industry in Canada. We believe that installing electric vehicle
charging stations in the parking lots of about ten big-box stores in
the Québec and Montréal areas is a concrete way for us to support our
customers in their efforts to contribute responsibly to a sustainable
community," explained Claude Bernier, RONA's Executive Vice President,
Marketing and Customer Innovations.
"Sustainable development has been essential at les Rôtisseries St-Hubert
for a number of years. We are very proud to be part of ''The Electric
Circuit and allow our customers to charge their electric vehicles while
on the go. For the past 60 years, we have been an industry leader on
many fronts, a trend we want to continue. In fact, our Boucherville
restaurant was recently selected to take part in the all-electric
vehicle trial," explained Daniel Cousineau, President of Les
Rôtisseries St-Hubert ltée.
"At METRO, we are proud of our accomplishments in sustainability and
recognize that much is still to be done. To go beyond our distribution
role and become an important player in this field, we must continue to
innovate. We are proud to be part of this catalytic project and to
raise public awareness about a more ecological mode of transportation,"
said Marc Giroux, Vice President of marketing at METRO.
"The AMT is partnering with Hydro-Québec to implement new technologies
that will facilitate travel for thousands of electric car drivers. By
installing electric charging stations at the AMT's park-and-ride
facilities, we are providing electric car drivers with direct access to
public transit. The charging stations are indicative of the AMT's firm
intention to increase the role of renewable energy in the operation of
public transit systems," noted AMT President and CEO Joël Gauthier.
The network of charging stations will be rolled out gradually, as
plug-in electric vehicles arrive on the Québec market. The metropolitan
areas of Montréal and Québec will be the dual starting points of ''The
Electric Circuit''. The rollout will then be extended to other cities
and sites in the province.
Charging station locations will be chosen by the partners on the basis
of criteria such as ease of access, with the objectives being
accessible recharging for the greatest number of users possible, along
with a quick, simple method of payment. Charging will cost a flat fee
of around $2, which will include the cost of the electricity and access
to a prime parking spot.
PEV drivers will also have access to a charging station locator service
provided by Hydro-Québec and to a 24/7 telephone help line run by CAA
"It is natural fit for us to support Hydro-Québec and its partners in
implementing this network, since our organization has been teaming up
with drivers since the beginning of car travel. When the automobile
evolves, we evolve along with it," said Pierre Beaudoin, Senior
Director, Technical Services for CAA-Québec.
Call for Tenders: Charging Stations
To procure a first set of at least 100 charging stations for ''The
Electric Circuit, Hydro-Québec will be issuing an initial call for
tenders in the summer of 2011. All interested charging station
suppliers will be eligible to take part. Before installation may
proceed, however, the stations will have to be certified and be tested
in a climate-control chamber at Hydro-Québec's research institute to
make sure they can withstand the rigors of Québec weather. Further
calls for tenders will be issued progressively, as market needs
Establishment of ''The Electric Circuit marks the first stage in the
development of the charging infrastructure required to support the
operation of PEVs in Québec. This initiative ties in well with the
Québec government's electric vehicle action plan unveiled last April 7.
To learn more about Hydro-Québec's transportation electrification
projects, go to www.hydroquebec.com/transportation-electrification/index.html.
Technical Data Sheet
"The Electric Circuit" Charging Stations
Quick charging using direct current
Charging stations - 240 V
Charging stations - 400 V or more
1 hour for 25 km
10 minutes for 50 km
Or 30 minutes for 80% of battery capacity
All plug-in electric vehicles available in Québec in 2011 will be
equipped with a connector for recharging at 240 V.
For the time being, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf vehicles offer
this charging option.
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For further information:
| Hélène Laurin, media officer |
Tél.: 514 289-3227
| Martine Rouette, spokesperson |
Agence métropolitaine de transport
Tel.: 514 287-2464, ext. 4057
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| Marie-Claude Bacon, Senior Director |
METRO - Public Affairs
Tel.: 514 643-1086
| Josée Vaillancourt |
Senior advisor, Communications
Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert Ltée
Tel.: 450 688-4400, ext. 2104
| Valérie Gonzalo, consultant |
Tel.: 514 626-6976