MONTREAL, May 8, 2013 /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 city of
Rivière-du-Loup for the installation of a public charging station for
electric vehicles (EVs) in the parking lot of city hall by this summer.
"This project is perfectly in line with the philosophy of our integrated
sustainable communities plan, S'engager pour un futur stimulant, adopted by Rivière-du-Loup in 2012. In addition, these charging
stations will help lay the groundwork for when the city replaces
certain municipal vehicles with electric models," said Mayor Michel
"The Electric Circuit wants to take off in the Bas-Saint-Laurent.
Rivière-du-Loup is demonstrating its leadership by becoming the first
municipality in the region to join the vast public charging network,"
said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President - Public and Government
Affairs at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of the founding partners of the
Electric Circuit. "Our network continues to grow, and we are pleased to
have a presence in a city that we have targeted, which is at the heart
of our deployment in eastern Québec."
The Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is a major initiative in the rollout of charging
infrastructure needed to support the arrival of plug-in vehicles in
Québec. The network already has a charging station in eastern Québec,
at the Auberge Internationale du Témiscouata, which has been in service
since September 2012.
The Electric Circuit now offers almost 160 charging stations (240 V) in
parking lots of the AMT, as well as those of many RONA hardware stores,
Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert restaurants throughout Québec. Since
its launch on March 30, 2012, 29 other private and institutional
partners have joined the Electric Circuit. It will continue to expand
in order to provide greater geographical coverage and serve more EV
drivers in several regions of Québec.
While EV owners do most of their charging at home and at work, drivers
can travel worry-free, knowing they can top up their batteries on the
road if they need to. Electric Circuit users 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 installed or commissioned.
For further information:
Hydro-Québec for the Electric Circuit
Manager - Environment and Sustainability
Ville de Rivière-du-Loup