Québec drapeau

Public Charging Stations

Roughly 1,250 public electric vehicle charging stations are in operation in Québec, including more than seventy 400-volt fast-charging stations. Four Tesla fast-charging stations are also available. All of the public electric vehicle charging stations allow the owners of electric vehicles to more readily plan travel and long trips.

The Electric Circuit

The Electric Circuit is the biggest public charging network in Québec. The first stations in the network were installed in the parking lots of the Agence métropolitaine du transport (AMT) and several RONA hardware stores, Métro supermarkets and St-Hubert restaurants. Since the Electric Circuit was inaugurated in March 2012, 138 private-sector and institutional partners have joined the network.

In December 2016, the Electric Circuit offered in Québec more than 800 240-volt charging stations and 67 fast-charging stations.

Rate:

  • Rates for 240-volt stations:
    • $2.50 per charge, regardless of charging time, or
    • $1 per hour, billed per minute while the vehicle is connected to the station.
    Pricing information for each station is clearly explained on the Electric Circuit website and mobile apps.

  • For quick charging stations, the rate is $10 per hour, and charging time is billed per minute while the vehicle is connected to the station.

You must first register to the network to use this service which also includes technical support from CAA-Québec. The member’s card covers stations in the Electric Circuit and VERnetwork stations.

Electric Circuit website: www.lecircuitelectrique.comCet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre

Map of the Electric Circuit fast-charging stations

Mobile applications can help you find a charging station and use it as well as show you how to replenish your account:

Electric Circuit charging station at the Québec City Aquarium

Electric Circuit charging station at the Québec City Aquarium

Flo

In October 2012, the Québec-based company AddÉnergie launched VERnetwork, a network of charging stations for rechargeable electric vehicles. In June 2016, VERnetwork has been renamed Flo.This network comprised around 325 240-volt charging stations in Québec.

Flo is also well established in British Columbia in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Rate: The usage fees vary from one station to another based on the policies of local charging station operators. An hourly rate based on use usually applies, e.g. $1 per hour of use, but some stations offer free charging. You must first register with the network. CAA-Québec provides technical support, which is available at all times.

Flo website: flo.ca/on-the-go Cet hyperlien s'ouvrira dans une nouvelle fenêtre

Mobile applications can help you find a charging station and use it as well as show you how to replenish your account:

A VERnetwork's charging station

A VERnetwork's charging station

Sun Country Highway

In 2012, Sun Country Highway installed nearly 200 240-volt recharging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. Other stations were rolled out in 2013 and 2014 along Canadian and US highways.

In January 2017, the network in Québec comprised roughly 100 240-volt  charging stations offering charges between 30 and 80 amps.

This charging network is made possible through a partnership of municipalities and private businesses that offer charging services free of charge.

Rate: Charging is free. Any electric vehicle owner can use these stations.

Québec website of Sun Country Highway: http://suncountryhighway.com/This link will open in a new window

Tesla Motors

In Québec, Tesla Motors has installed four Tesla fast-charging stations : those in Drumondville, Magog and Rivière-du-Loup have each eight superchargers and that of Montréal has 12 superchargers.

The Tesla Supercharger allows owners of the Tesla Model S, X and 3 in the futur to obtain a half-charge of their battery in 20 minutes and a full charge in 75 minutes.

The Tesla Supercharger network comprises 805 sites in the United States, Europe and Asia. Twenty recharging stations are now available in Canada.

Borne de recharge du Circuit électrique à l’Aquarium de Québec.

Tesla Fast Charging Station in Magog

Rate: Charging is free but is only compatible with Tesla vehicles

To find a Tesla Supercharger station: http://www.teslamotors.com/superchargerThis link will open in a new window

AZRA

AZRA, a real estate developer, announced in August 2014 that it would install several fast-charging stations in Québec in collaboration with private-sector partners. A number of charging stations are already available, including those in Repentigny at the intersection of Highway 40 and Route 341. Other fast-charging stations are also available or being installed in Mirabel, Saint-Raymond, and so on.

Rate: Charging fees will be around $5.

Locator maps

There are many maps online to help you locate public charging stations easily. They are available as websites or mobile apps. It may be worth consulting several of these maps before planning a long trip.

Given how quickly new stations are popping up and the differences in their terms of use, keeping this type of reference site updated is an ambitious undertaking. The providers of these maps rely on station operators and users to help them gather and confirm information.

Here are a few examples: