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Hydro-Québec, Plug’nDrive Ontario looking to implementing Québec-Ontario public charging infrastructure

by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff   

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Organizations say rollout of public charging infrastructure needed to support growing use of plug-in EVs

MONTREAL—Hydro-Québec and Plug’nDrive Ontario are planning to implement an electric vehicle (EV) public charging infrastructure network between Québec and Ontario.

The two organizations say the rollout of a public charging infrastructure is needed to support the growing use of plug-in EVs.

Inspired by the business model of The Electric Circuit, a network of public charging stations already in operation in Québec, Hydro-Québec and the not-for-profit Ontario-based organization.

The working group will identify the first areas to be served, find potential private or public partners and assess the obstacles to an infrastructure roll-out in a territory with such a large number of jurisdictions like the two provinces form.


“Although most EV drivers will charge at home and at night, maximizing the environmental and economic benefits of EVs (and) expanding public charging infrastructure is crucial to their widespread adoption,” Plug’nDrive president and CEO Cara Clairman said in a statement.

“This project will not only provide an infrastructure link between Ontario and Québec, but establish a business model upon which future public charging networks in other jurisdictions can be based.”


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