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Electric Circuit deploys record number of fast-charge stations

In total, 153 new 400-V fast-charge stations were deployed throughout Québec

January 15, 2021  by CM Staff

(CNW Group/Electric Circuit)

MONTRÉAL — In the past year, the Electric Circuit added a number of fast-charge stations to its network. It also diversified its service to prepare for the technological changes in the new EV models on the market and to meet the evolving needs of EV drivers.

In total, 153 new 400-V fast-charge stations were deployed throughout Québec.

Several sites now offer more than four fast-charge stations, including the Cosmodome in Laval, Bécancour, the Porte-du-Nord rest area, Neuville, Sherbrooke, Berthierville, Magog, l’Étape (in the Parc des Laurentides), Mont-Joli and Lacolle. Eight other fast-charge stations were also installed in December and will be deployed in the coming weeks. In total, close to 450 new standard stations were added throughout the province.

The Electric Circuit is setting up test benches on three sites in order to test new charging technologies associated with charging EVs at 100 kW or higher. All electric vehicle models equipped with a socket that is compatible with fast-charge stations will be able to use the ultra-fast charging stations. What’s more, charging will be free for a certain period of time.

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In collaboration with Hydro-Québec, the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the Government of Canada, the Electric Circuit has already launched the first test bench at the Porte-du-Nord rest area along Highway 15 in the Laurentides region. Two stations that share a charging capacity of 125 kW are available on the site.

The second test bench will be located at the Magog rest area at exit 115 off Highway 10 and will include 350-kW and 160-kW stations. This test bench has been made possible thanks to the participation of Hydro-Québec, the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the Government of Canada. It is scheduled to be deployed shortly.

The third test bench will be located at the rear of the Laval municipal garage at 2550, Boulevard Industriel. Two ultra-fast charging stations that share a maximum charging capacity of 350 kW will be available to EV drivers. Deployment is scheduled for summer 2021. This test bench has been made possible through contributions from Hydro-Québec, the Ville de Laval and the Government of Canada.