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Fast-charge corridor along highway 20 between Montréal and Mont-Joli

At EVS29 in Montréal this week, Québec Premier Philippe Couillard announced that a fast-charge corridor will be completed along Highway 20, one of Québec’s busiest corridors. The Premier was joined by Hydro-Québec’s President and CEO, Éric Martel, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, Pierre Arcand, and Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification.

The Electric Circuit—the largest public charging network in Québec—has signed agreements with the Belle Québécoise restaurant in Daveluyville as well as the Tim Hortons in Laurier Station, which will each install a fast-charge station for electric vehicles. These charging stations are in addition to those already in service in Sainte-Julie, Drummondville and Lévis. A sixth charging station will be available this fall at the St-Hubert restaurant in St-Hyacinthe.

Later this year, a second phase of Highway 20 electrification will be completed between Québec and Mont-Joli, with the addition of fast-charge stations in Montmagny, Rivière-du-Loup, Trois-Pistoles and Rimouski. Charging stations are already in service in La Pocatière and Mont-Joli. The charging stations will be manufactured by the Electric Circuit’s supplier, Québec-based AddÉnergie.

Québec has set a target of having 100,000 electric and hybrid vehicles registered in Québec by 2020.

The Electric Circuit is a major initiative providing the charging infrastructure required to support the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec. The network comprises more than 670 public charging stations, including 32 fast-charge stations, in operation across 16 Québec regions.

Since its launch in March 2012, 145 private and institutional partners have joined the Electric Circuit, and the network now has more than 8,300 members.



This is good news but a few years late.

The current 8500+ BEVs/PHEVs had access to very few quick charge stations and had to rely on home and public Level II charging facilities.

Highway 401 between Toronto and Montréal and Highway 40 (north shore) between Montreal and Quebec City should also be equipped with quick charge stations.

Circle and access roads around Montréal and Quebec City (440, 640, 75, 55, 25, 15, 13, 10 and 30) should also get their own quick charge stations ASAP, if the planned 100,000 electrified vehicles can be taken seriously.

The initial cost of quick charge stations can be shared between Quebec-Hydro, private businesses, municipalities and Province/Federal infrastructure programs.

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