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    Facilitating Electric Vehicle Charging in Urban Centers with 4,500 New Stations

  • May 27, 2021

    A curbside charging station of The Electric Circuit for recharging electric vehicles in urban centers.

    The Electric Circuit, in partnership with Quebec's municipalities, will be rolling out 4,500 standard charging stations by 2028, to meet the needs of electric vehicle drivers who do not have access to home charging.

    To support this important initiative, a grant program is being offered exclusively to municipalities, through which Hydro-Québec is providing financial assistance of up to $12,000 per standard charging station.

    Charging stations must meet one of the following charging needs: 

    • Overnight charging in neighborhoods where electric vehicle owners do not have access to private outdoor outlets
    • Daytime charging downtown and near shops

    In addition, the municipality must allow access to the curbside station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offer free parking in front of the curbside station from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

    Application deadline
    Municipalities who wish to contribute to this effort to accelerate transportation electrification must submit their duly completed grant application and all required documents by August 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. For more information or to submit a request: lecircuitelectrique.com/en/4500-program/

    For the first two years, the program is exclusively for curbside charging stations, made up of two standard stations, installed where electric vehicles parked on the street can use them.

    About the Electric Circuit
    The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Quebec. It consists of more than 3,100 public charging stations, including 466 fast-charge stations, in every region of the province. Electric Circuit users have access to a 24/7 telephone help line as well as a charging-station locator service. The Electric Circuit website, lecircuitelectrique.com/en/, and the Electric Circuit mobile app for iOS and Android are updated as new stations are commissioned. The Electric Circuit card also gives users access to the FLO network and New Brunswick's eCharge network.

    SOURCE: Hydro-Québec

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