MONTREAL, April 24, 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 Hôtel Chicoutimi for the installation of a public charging station for electric vehicles in its parking lot by fall 2013.
"It is once again an honor for the Hôtel Chicoutimi to be at the forefront as the first company in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to offer this service," said Éric Larouche, president of the Hôtel Chicoutimi. "This action is in line with our commitment and our mission to sustainable development."
"We're very pleased to welcome the Hôtel Chicoutimi, a company well-known in the region for the quality of its service and its community involvement," said Hydro-Québec's Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director - Strategic Planning, speaking on behalf of the Electric Circuit's founding partners. "The Electric Circuit is taking off in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, with quality partners in a region essential to ensuring the expansion of the public charging network for electric vehicles."
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 Electric Circuit offers 150 charging stations (240 V) in parking lots of the AMT, as well as those of many RONA hardware stores, Métro grocery stores and St-Hubert restaurants throughout Québec. Since its launch on March 30, 2012, 27 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.
About the Hôtel Chicoutimi
As the oldest hotel in Saguenay, the Hôtel Chicoutimi has kept its innovative spirit, open to the world and its many market opportunities. As a hotel with a rich history (built in 1899), the Hôtel Chicoutimi has deep-rooted values that it fosters daily. They include sustainability, promoting culture and the arts, and taking part in events that invigorate the region.
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
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