Hydro-Québec and Plug’nDrive Ontario collaborate on a Québec-Ontario electric vehicle public charging infrastructure


Cara Clairman,
President & CEO,
Plug’nDrive Ontario
Montreal and Ontario, Canada — (METERING.COM) — September 17, 2012 – Hydro-Québec and Plug’nDrive Ontario have established a joint working group to plan the rollout of an electric vehicle (EV) public charging infrastructure between Québec and Ontario, to offer cross-border charging stations.

The two organizations believe the rollout of a public charging infrastructure is needed to support the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles. Québec and Ontario drivers need to benefit from a public charging service with quick and simple payment. That’s the objective Plug’nDrive and Hydro-Québec will pursue.

The working group will identify the first areas to be served, find potential private or public partners and assess the obstacles to an infrastructure rollout in a territory with such a large number of jurisdictions.

“Although most EV drivers will charge at home and at night, maximizing the environmental and economic benefits of EVs, expanding public charging infrastructure is crucial to their widespread adoption,” said Cara Clairman, president and CEO of Plug’nDrive. “This project will not only provide an infrastructure link  between Ontario and Quebec, but establish a business model upon which future public charging networks in other jurisdictions can be based.”

“We are always on the lookout for new partners – this allows us to develop a more diversified service offer to benefit drivers of plug-in electric vehicles,” added Pierre-Luc Desgagné, senior director – Strategic Planning at Hydro-Québec. “To allow these drivers to travel more easily between Québec and Ontario, we must find solutions quickly.”