MONTREAL, April 28, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - In the presence of Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region, and Elsie Lefebvre, Associate councilor for the City of Montréal, responsible for the Transportation Electrification Strategy, Montréal Auto Prix announces the commissioning of a double-outlet charging station (Elmec, 400 V) that will be available free of charge to individual private electric vehicle users.
"A year ago, already, we launched one of our boldest and most innovative initiative yet with the first sales establishment entirely dedicated to pre-owned hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada. Today's announcement once again reflects our sincere and profound commitment to the electrification of transport. We are convinced that the more the network of electric vehicle charging stations is developed in Quebec, the more motorists will choose this type of vehicle. This is what we believe and as such, we wish to contribute by proposing solutions that will promote change," adds Richard Martin, co-chair of Montréal Auto Prix.
The new rapid charging station for electric cars will be available at 5 600 Metropolitan Boulevard East. The first fifteen minutes of each use (and most efficient) will be free in order to allow a maximum number of users to benefit from the station.
"Electrification of transport is one of our government's flagship projects and we are giving ourselves the tools to meet the ambitious targets contained in the Electrification of transport Action Plan, and in the 2030 Energy Policy. I am proud to see companies such as Montréal Auto Prix get significantly involved in the evolution of the electric vehicle industry," said Minister Pierre Arcand.
"Companies in the automotive sales market have a role to play in helping to change behavior and promote purchases of zero-emission vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Montreal Mayor, Mr. Denis Coderre, is firmly committed to work toward transportation electrification. As the person responsible for the Transportation Electrification Strategy, I especially welcome Montréal Auto Prix's initiative of installing two rapid charging stations that will be free of use for electric vehicle owners," said Elsie Lefebvre, Associate transportation councilor for the City of Montréal Executive Committee.
For several years, Montréal Auto Prix has made many services favouring a more eco-responsible use of individual transportation available to Quebeckers. In February 2016, the company inaugurated the first sales facility for pre-owned hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada, and has equipped all of its establishments with free charging stations for its employees. The company also supported Montreal's Polytechnique students for the development of their 100% electric formula.
The addition of this new charging station for electric cars, an initial investment of $ 135,000, is part of Montréal Auto Prix's commitment toward the electrification of transport through which the company hopes to inspire Quebeckers' interest in the matter. This is in line with the government's objectives to make Quebec a leader in Green transportation and to reduce GHG.
About Montréal Auto Prix
Including this new division, Montréal Auto Prix has 4 stores in the Greater Montreal Area and more than 130 employees. Founded in 1997, Montréal Auto Prix stands out for its innovative business model by being the only vehicle retailer to apply a price standardization policy on all vehicles available in its Greater Montreal stores. This new practice for the automotive industry eliminates the bargaining stage which allows the company to offer the best possible price to consumers.
SOURCE Montréal Auto Prix
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