The Electric Circuit charging network will be rolling out 4,500 standard charging stations by 2028 in partnership with Québec’s municipalities. To support this initiative, a grant program is being offered exclusively to municipalities.
For the municipal grants, Hydro-Québec is providing financial assistance of up to $12,000 per standard charging station. For the next two years, the program is exclusively aimed at the provision of curbside charging.
The charging points must provide either overnight charging in neighbourhoods where electric vehicle owners do not have access to private outdoor outlets or daytime charging in downtown and shopping areas. On the side of the municipality, access to the curbside station must be possible 24 hours per day every day of the year and offer free parking in front of the station between 9 pm and 7 am.
Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change “The addition of these 4,500 charging stations is excellent news for the electric vehicle drivers of today and tomorrow who will have easier access to charging near their homes or workplaces. For municipalities, this is a great opportunity to support the growing number of residents who are choosing electric vehicles.”
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in the Canadian province of Quebec, encompassing more than 3100 public charging stations. The network offers 466 fast-charging stations in every region in the province. Users of this network are also granted access to the FLO network and New Brunswick’s eCharge network.
This time last year, Electric Circuit announced that AddÈnergie Technologies had been selected to supply more than 100 fast-charging stations to its network. This is a familiar partnership since it is the fifth Electric Circuit call for proposals to be won by AddEnergie. At this time – a year ago – Electric Circuit said it had more than 2,500 public charging stations, including 305 fast-charge stations in its network, this means the network has grown by 600 stations, 161 of which are fast-charging stations.