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Desjardins and Hydro-Québec partner to open Québec’s first urban vehicle-charging superstation; four 50kW stations

Quebec’s first urban superstation for charging electric vehicles is now open at the Complexe Desjardins. This superstation includes four 50-kilowatt charging stations, helping serve a large user base in the heart of downtown Montréal, at the Quartier des spectacles.

The project is part of Desjardins’s plan to install 200 charging stations at caisses throughout Québec and eastern Ontario by 2021, in partnership with Hydro-Québec and the Electric Circuit. These stations will boost the Electric Circuit’s existing network and help encourage Quebécers to adopt electric modes of transportation more quickly.

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fifth-largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $310.9 billion.

The Electric Circuit is the largest charging network in Québec. It has close to 2,000 public charging stations, with 200 fast charge ones, deployed in 16 regions in Québec. Since its inauguration, some 340 private and institutional partners have joined The Electric Circuit, and the network now has more than 55,000 members.

Electric Circuit’s users benefit from a 24-hour helpline, run and managed by CAA-Québec, as well as a station tracking service.

Comments

HarveyD

There are a few thousand Caisses Desjardins in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. Most are large enough (with $100M to $500M) to finance various size quick charge (50-150-350 KW) ultra quick charge stations. Quebec Hydro could help and acquire many new customers.

HarveyD

Québec Province produces very little or no commercial gas/oil but plenty low cost clean (95/5) Hydro/Wind energy. Since Québec Hydro is the main e-energy producer and distributor and is 100% government own, it would be in everybody's interest to promote the use of EVs/FCEVs and e-charging/H2 refill facilities instead of trying to dump excess clean e-energy on eastern US States at very low price.

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