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Montréal, January 12, 2012

Press Release

The founding partners of The Electric Circuit, Québec and Canada’s first public charging network, announce the locations of its charging stations

This morning, the founding partners of The Electric Circuit – St-Hubert Restaurants, RONA, METRO, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Hydro-Québec – announced the locations of the first 90 240-V charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (see appendix for detailed list). This announcement was made at the Montréal International Auto Show, which officially opens tomorrow at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal.

Powered with clean renewable energy, The Electric Circuit’s first 90 charging stations will be available to the public in spring 2012. An additional 30 charging stations will be added by summer, bringing the total to 120. Electric vehicle users will be able to drive worry-free, knowing that a public network of charging stations is available to meet their needs.

There are two main objectives: to provide accessible recharging to the greatest number of drivers and to offer a simple method of payment. The charging service for the Electric Circuit will cost $2.50 per use, or $25 for 10 charges, regardless of the duration of the charge.

"We are very proud to officially launch The Electric Circuit today. The locations announced mark an important step in the development of this network and its roll-out in the greater Montréal and Québec areas," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné, Senior Director, Strategic Planning at Hydro-Québec, on behalf of the founding partners. "The automotive industry is rapidly evolving and we want to be ready to meet our customers’ needs by providing easy access to practical services and clean fuel."

Launch of The Electric Circuit Web site: www.theelectriccircuit.com

The Electric Circuit Web site allows electric vehicle drivers to learn more about public charging stations. The site features a charging station locator service provided by Hydro-Québec. Users of The Electric Circuit's charging stations will also have access to a 24-hour telephone help line run by CAA Québec.

Quick charging

Hydro-Québec will conduct tests this winter on the first certified quick-charge station at over 400-V. It will be installed in Boucherville this spring and tested on a daily basis in collaboration with the local St-Hubert restaurant. With Hydro-Québec’s oversight, The Electric Circuit will then deploy quick-charge stations along Québec’s major roads over the course of the next year.

The Electric Circuit

Launched on June 16 of last year, The Electric Circuit is Québec and Canada’s first public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles. This initiative marks a major step in the deployment of the charging infrastructure required to support the operation of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec and is in line with the 2011-2020 Action Plan for Electric Vehicles announced by the Québec government on April 7, 2011.

Given that the vast majority of recharging needs will be met at home and at work, this public charging network will play an important role in meeting drivers’ backup or emergency needs.

Appendix

List of the initial public charging station locations in Québec and Canada

Charging stations will be located on commercial sites of the founding partners of The Electric Circuit, in a number of AMT park-and-ride facilities and in some of Hydro-Québec's parking sites. A total of 120 charging stations will first be rolled out in the Montréal and Québec regions:

  • 20 charging stations by RONA
  • 20 charging stations by METRO
  • 20 charging stations by St-Hubert Restaurants
  • 40 charging stations by the AMT
  • 20 charging stations by Hydro-Québec

Here is a list of the locations of the first 90 charging stations:

RONA (RONA L'entrepôt  and Réno-Dépôt) – (*) Projected sites

Anjou

7273, boulevard des Galeries-d'Anjou

Belœil

500, rue Serge-Pépin

Brossard

9800, boulevard Leduc

Laval (*)

1505, boul. Le Corbusier

Montréal

1011, rue du Marché-Central

Pointe-Claire

400, boulevard Brunswick

Québec

1500, rue Bouvier

Québec

3131, avenue Blaise-Pascal

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

1221, boulevard des Promenades

Vaudreuil-Dorion

3010, boulevard de la Gare

St-Hubert Restaurants – (*) Projected sites

Brossard

6325, boulevard Taschereau

Châteauguay

290, boulevard D’Anjou

Laval

3325, boulevard Saint-Martin Ouest

Laval  (*)

1111, boulevard des Laurentides

Laval  (*)

1150, boulevard Chomedey 

Longueuil  (*)

1901, boulevard Roland-Therrien

Mirabel  (*)

17525, rue Charles

Montréal

10520, rue Lajeunesse

Montréal-Nord  (*)

10495, boulevard Pie-IX

Pointe-aux-Trembles

12575, rue Sherbrooke Est

Québec

1550, avenue Jules-Verne

Québec

3410, boulevard Sainte-Anne

Québec

5720, boulevard de l’Ormière

Sainte-Julie  (*)

1900, rue Raymond-Blais

Sainte-Thérèse

350, boulevard Labelle

Saint-Jérôme  (*)

270, rue De Martigny Ouest

Saint-Nicolas  (*)

500, rue de l’Aréna

Terrebonne  (*)

1415, boulevard Moody

Vaudreuil-Dorion  (*)

601, avenue Saint-Charles

METRO

Boucherville

535, rue Samuel-De Champlain

Kirkland

3801, boulevard Saint-Charles

Laval

1100, boulevard de l’Avenir

Longueuil

395, rue Saint-Charles Ouest

Montréal

1745, rue Fleury Est

Montréal

3600, boulevard Saint-Joseph Est

Québec

2450, boulevard Laurier

Québec

2830, avenue Saint-David

Repentigny

150, rue Louvain

Sainte-Thérèse

214, boulevard René-A.-Robert

Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)

Boucherville

220, boulevard De Montarville, terminus De Montarville

Brossard

1895, rue Panama, terminus Panama

Brossard

4700, boulevard Lapinière, stationnement Chevrier

Chambly

3001, boulevard Fréchette, stationnement Chambly

Deux-Montagnes

400, boulevard de Deux-Montagnes, gare Deux-Montagnes

Montréal

5275, rue Jean-Talon Ouest, stationnement Namur Est

Montréal

7155, rue Sherbrooke Est, stationnement Radisson

Sainte-Thérèse

6, rue Saint-Alphonse, terminus Sainte-Thérèse

Saint-Laurent

5465, boulevard Henri-Bourassa Ouest, gare Bois-Franc

Terrebonne

4800, côte de Terrebonne, terminus Terrebonne

Hydro-Québec

Beauport

430, rue Ardouin

Lévis

5130, boulevard de la Rive-Sud

Montréal

201, rue Jarry Ouest

Montréal

75, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest

Montréal

7575, Henri-Bourassa Ouest

Québec

2625, boulevard Lebourgneuf

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

705, boulevard Clairevue Ouest

 

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