In June 2011, Hydro-Québec and its private partners announced the launch of the Electric Circuit, Canada's first public charging network for electric vehicles.
Around thirty 240 volt Electric Circuit charging stations are already in service. In summer 2012, the network will grow to at least 120 stations in the Québec City and Montréal areas. Subsequent 240 volt charging stations and even faster 400 volt stations will be rolled out as needed to accommodate the number of electric vehicles on Québec’s roads.
These stations are located in the parking lots of the Electric Circuit’s partners:
Electric vehicle owners can use the stations for a fee of $2.50 per charge.
What’s more, some businesses and municipalities are installing private charging stations in their parking lots in order to serve clients who use electric vehicles. For example, there are charging stations in downtown Joliette and at the Sheraton Montréal that are available to all electric vehicle owners.
Examples of 240 volt charging stations installed during a pilot project in Québec City.