CITY OF SAGUENAY, QC, Dec. 2, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Vice Rector of Resources of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Dominique Bouchard, the Acting General Manager of Cégep de Chicoutimi, Alain Bouchard, and, on behalf of the partners of the Electric Circuit, Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President – Public and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec, announced today that UQAC and Cégep de Chicoutimi have become partners of the Electric Circuit, the largest network of public charging stations in Québec. UQAC commissioned a charging station installed in the parking lot located north of the Alphonse-Desjardins pavilion. The charging station at Cégep de Chicoutimi is located in the main parking lot, facing the Théâtre Banque Nationale.
"This partnership confirms the pioneering role that UQAC plays in sustainability. Its well-known influence in training and research, with its eco-advisor programs, is recognized around the world. We must now work together to make UQAC a model of sustainable development and today's announcement is a step in the right direction," said Dominique Bouchard, Vice Rector of Resources of UQAC.
"For years, Cégep de Chicoutimi has been geared towards sustainable development. Following the initiative of the environmental joint-action committee of Cégep de Chicoutimi (CACECC) and management, the decision to offer a public charging station for electric vehicles is perfectly in line with the Cégep's environmental policy. It will contribute towards a better environment for us all," added Alain Bouchard, Acting General Manager of Cégep de Chicoutimi.
"The Electric Circuit is delighted that UQAC and Cégep de Chicoutimi have chosen to make public charging stations available to support electric vehicle users", noted Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President – Public and Government Affairs at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of the partners of the Electric Circuit. "I would like to congratulate our new partners and highlight their contribution to the development of the network of public charging stations in the region. On a more personal note, as the son of the founding rector of UQAC, I am particularly proud to see that this institution remains at the forefront of development."
The new charging stations at UQAC and Cégep de Chicoutimi are being added to those already provided by the city of Saguenay, Hôtel Chicoutimi and Cégep de Jonquière, which commissioned a second charging station at the end of October. This brings the total number of public charging stations currently in the region to ten.
About the Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Québec. It is a major initiative in providing the charging infrastructure required to support the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec. The network has more than 350 public charging stations in operation, including seven fast-charging, in select parking lots of the AMT as well as several RONA stores, Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert restaurants across Québec. Since its launch in March 2012, 88 private and institutional partners have joined The Electric Circuit.
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 application for iOS and Android are updated as new stations are installed or commissioned.
Location of the 10 charging stations now in service in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
240-V charging stations
City of Saguenay
Jonquière library – 2480, rue Saint-Dominique (1 charging station)
Cégep de Chicoutimi – 534, rue Jacques-Cartier Est (1 charging station)
Cégep de Jonquière – 2505, rue Saint-Hubert (2 charging stations)
Hôtel Chicoutimi – 460, rue Racine Est (1 charging station)
City hall – 222, rue Racine Est (1 charging station)
Hydro-Québec – 1400, rue de la Manic (1 charging station)
Agriculture pavilion – 350, boulevard de l'Université Est (1 charging station)
Municipal parking lot – Bordered by Jacques-Cartier Est, Morin, Tessier and Julien streets (1 charging station)
Université du Québec (UQAC) – 555, boul. de l'Université Est (1 charging station)
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
For further information: Jean Wauthier, Director - Office of Public Affairs, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 418 545-5011, extension 5006, firstname.lastname@example.org; Stéphane Duclos, Director - Material Ressources, Cégep de Chicoutimi, 418-549-9520, extension 1241, email@example.com; Louis-Olivier Batty, Hydro-Québec, for the Electric Circuit, 514 289-4214, firstname.lastname@example.org