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18 Jun 2013

Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor unveiled

Premier Pauline Marois and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin at the announcement of the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor (photo Philippe Renault).

Québec Premier Pauline Marois and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced a partnership agreement between Québec and Vermont to set up the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor.

Beginning in early fall, 31 public charging stations will be available to drivers of electric vehicles (EV) along a 160 km stretch of highway linking Montréal and Burlington. The stations are part of Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit and Drive Electric Vermont’s network.

This initiative is the result of discussions between Québec and Vermont that began at the last Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.

It is a powerful example of cooperation between Hydro-Québec, Green Mountain Power Corporation and private sector stakeholders.

Develop other networks

The number of charging stations is expected to increase in the near future as a result of collaborations with neighbouring provinces and states. Québec and Vermont are already thinking of extending the network to the Magog-Sherbooke-St. Johnsbury corridor.

Québec, an industry leader

To date, nearly 1,500 full-electric and plug-in hybrids are in use on Québec’s roads and highways. Recent economy surveys show that Québec holds a very large share of the Canadian market for EV sales.

Québec currently has 300 electric charging stations in service, including:

  • 150 belong to Hydro-Québec
  • 100 belonging to Québec company AddÉnergie Technologies (VERnetwork)

The electric charging stations are located in the parking lots of Agence métropolitaine de transport de Montréal and a number of RONA stores, Metro supermarkets and St-Hubert restaurants.

The expansion of Québec’s Electric Circuit will continue in order to provide greater geographic coverage and to serve more EV users in a number of regions across Québec.

Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit
The Vehicles Electrically Rechargeable Network (VERnetwork)

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