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The Electric Circuit brings fast-charge stations with power sharing to Quebec

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Each charging cable can deliver up to 300 kW of power.

The Electric Circuit’s new Rivière-du-Loup fast-charging site with Kempower power-sharing stations. (CNW Group/Circuit électrique)

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP — The Electric Circuit is introducing fast-charging stations with power sharing and will be made available in Canada, Rivière-du-Loup.

The new Satellites based charging stations are manufactured by Kempower of Finland and distributed in Québec by Bornes Québec. Three charging outlets share a total of 500 kW of power that is dynamically distributed among connected vehicles based on their respective charging capacities. Each charging cable can deliver up to 300 kW of power.

“These new stations are a welcomed addition to the Electric Circuit, since they’ll simplify the charging experience for our members and maximize the charging power. Our goal remains the same: to make the charging experience as simple and efficient as possible for EV drivers in Québec,” said France Lampron, head of the Electric Circuit.

Dynamic power sharing simplifies the charging experience by allocating the maximum power available to each user based on the vehicle’s capacity.

“The Kempower charging stations are already proven to work in Finnish winter conditions. The tried-and-tested technology is perfectly adapted to our climate and the diversity of electric vehicles on Québec’s roads,” said Guy Lamarche, General Manager of Bornes Québec.

Users won’t have to select the power level, which will be set automatically by the charging station and billed based on the vehicle’s capacity. The rates at these fast-charge stations are determined in the same way as those that apply at the other fast-charging stations in the Electric Circuit: per-second billing based on power tiers.

The configuration of the dual charging stations and cable management system also facilitates charging for all types of EVs. Vehicles hauling trailers and even travel trailers will be able to easily drive in and out, just like they do at gas stations.

The first of these new charging stations will be installed at 80 Boulevard Cartier in Rivière-du-Loup, where St-Hubert restaurant has given up part of its lot to make room for the charging point. St-Hubert is a founding member of the Electric Circuit.

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