MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Laurent
Blanchard, the Executive Committee member in charge of transportation,
Réal Ménard, and, on behalf of the Electric Circuit's founding
partners, Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Vice President - Public and Government
Affairs at Hydro-Québec, as well as the Minister of Natural Resources,
Martine Ouellet, accompanied by Daniel Breton, Member of the National
Assembly for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques and Parliamentary Assistant to
the Premier for Transportation Electrification announced that the city
of Montréal has joined the Electric Circuit. Most of the 80 public
charging stations in Montréal will be installed on municipal lots.
"Québec has embraced transportation electrification and I would like to
congratulate the city of Montréal and the Electric Circuit for the
tangible efforts they have made in this regard," stated Québec Premier
Pauline Marois. "We are fortunate to be able to rely on a clean,
renewable source of energy as well as superior expertise when it comes
to implementing the public charging infrastructure required to support
the arrival of electric vehicles on our roads. This forward-looking
project will benefit the entire population."
"With the electrification of transportation, we are pairing economic
development and a cleaner environment," said Martine Ouellet. "In
addition to supporting the growth of emerging companies specializing in
electric vehicles and components, we are working to significantly
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The electrification of transportation
will produce the jobs of tomorrow in Québec."
"This initiative by the city of Montréal fits in perfectly with our
government's plan to electrify transportation in Québec and to
significantly speed up its development in the coming years," said
"Under its Transportation Plan, the city of Montréal has committed to transforming and improving the
transportation system, in particular by integrating innovative
solutions. Montréal has already expressed its support for the use of
electric vehicles to help reduce air pollution," noted Mayor Blanchard.
Through its association with Hydro-Québec's Electric Circuit and by
purchasing 80 charging stations, to be installed throughout the city by
the end of the year, Montréal has confirmed its leadership role in
"The 80 charging stations deployed by the city of Montréal are entirely
designed and manufactured in Québec, and will bring the number of
charging stations to 250," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Hydro-Québec's
Vice President - Public and Government Affairs, on behalf of the
Electric Circuit partners. "This is great news for electric vehicle
drivers and those who are thinking of making the switch. This concrete
and significant involvement makes Montréal the Electric Circuit partner
with the most charging stations."
"The city of Montréal is proud to join this initiative, which will help
reduce greenhouse gas emissions—one of the Montréal community's main
sustainable development objectives—and promote the use of renewable
energy," said Réal Ménard. "I encourage Montrealers to seriously
consider electric vehicles when buying their next car."
The 240-V charging stations will be installed in parking lots belonging
to the city of Montréal and selected based on criteria designed to
ensure visibility and security. The city's 80 charging stations will be
manufactured by the Electric Circuit's official supplier, AddÉnergie
Technologies. All income derived from the use of the charging stations
purchased by the city of Montréal will belong exclusively to the city.
Curbside charging stations pilot project
A pilot project for the installation of curbside charging stations will
be implemented in downtown Montréal in the spring of 2014. This project
will help determine the nature and scope of curbside public charging
needs, while taking into account Québec's climate and the urban fabric.
On-street charging is a challenge for all large North American cities.
This pilot project will position Montréal and The Electric Circuit as
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
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Québec,
with 200 charging stations (240 V) in service in parking lots of the
AMT, as well as RONA stores, Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert
restaurants throughout Québec. Since its launch in March 2012, 46
private and institutional partners have joined the Electric Circuit. It
will continue to expand in order to offer greater geographical coverage
and serve more EV drivers in many regions of Québec.
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, is updated as new stations are installed or commissioned.
The map indicating the location of the city of Montréal's Electric
Circuit charging stations can be viewed by the media at www.montreal2.qc.ca/photosdepresse.
SOURCE: Electric Circuit