Electric vehicles drivers can soon fill-up on clear energy in
MONTREAL, June 13, 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
Drummondville for the installation of public charging stations for
electric vehicles (EVs). The city becomes the 38th partner of the largest public charging network in Québec.
A first charging station was unveiled today at the downtown train
station parking lot, located on Rue Lindsay, and will be operational in
July. A second Electric Circuit charging station was installed in the
parking lot on Rue Hériot and a third one will be at the sports
complex. Additional sites are currently in discussion as the city wants
to install even more charging stations in 2014.
"For Drummondville, the environment is of capital importance,"
highlighted Mayor Francine Ruest-Jutras. "The implementation of
electric vehicle charging stations is yet another forward-looking
measure taken by the city to protect the environment and improve the
quality of life of its residents. Thanks to its geographic location,
Drummondville will play an essential role within the Electric Circuit,
spearheaded by Hydro-Québec. The first public charging network in
Québec and Canada will continue to grow in the coming years.
Drummondville will be able to help residents and visitors take
advantage of this clean, renewable energy source from now on."
"We are delighted to welcome a major centre like Drummondville, which
becomes our 38th partner and represents a strategic location for the roll-out of our
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. "With this new agreement,
the Electric Circuit is taking another step towards its expansion into
the heart of Québec, benefiting all electric vehicles drivers."
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
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 in March 2012, 33 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.
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
For further information:
Hydro-Québec, for the Circuit électrique
Ville de Drummondville