Hydro-Québec and partners to roll out PEV public charging network


Thierry Vandal,
CEO, Hydro-Québec
Montreal, QC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — June 17, 2011 – Hydro-Québec and its partners, RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), have announced plans to roll out “The Electric Circuit” – a public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that they expect to be Canada’s first.

Supplied with clean, renewable energy, the first charging stations will be operational in early 2012 at the founding partners’ business sites and at several AMT park-and-ride facilities.

Initially, “The Electric Circuit” will consist of about a hundred 240 V charging stations, with the metropolitan areas of Montréal and Québec being the dual starting points before being extended to other cities and sites in the province. Quick charge 400 V stations will be rolled out in 2012, once they have obtained Canadian certification.

“We are proud to be able to count on partners of this caliber whose banners can be seen at over 900 locations in Québec,” said Hydro-Québec CEO Thierry Vandal. “While the vast majority of recharging will be done at home and at work, the availability of a public charging network is essential to meet customers’ backup or emergency needs.”

The charging station locations will be chosen by the partners on the basis of criteria such as ease of access, with the objectives being accessible recharging for the greatest number of users possible, along with a quick, simple method of payment. Charging will cost a flat fee of around $2, which will include the cost of the electricity and access to a prime parking spot.

PEV drivers will also have access to a charging station locator service provided by Hydro-Québec and to a 24/7 telephone help line run by CAA Quebec.

Hydro-Québec will be issuing an initial call for tenders in the summer of 2011 for the first set of 100 charging stations.

Establishment of “The Electric Circuit” marks the first stage in the development of the charging infrastructure required to support the operation of PEVs in Québec.

As part of its ongoing PEV trials Hydro-Québec recently delivered 15 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to Boucherville businesses selected for the second phase of the trial, which is designed to study users’ charging habits, driving experience and overall satisfaction as well as vehicle behavior when interfaced with the electric grid.