Electric vehicles are becoming a reality - see previous posts on Ucluelet, Maple Ridge and Montreal. Pictured are electric vehicles in Florence, Italy this spring. Electric bicycles are very popular in Europe and there are a few in Cranbrook .... are we, in Cranbrook, planning for this change in our way of travel?
Montreal, QC, June 16, 2011 - Hydro-Québec and its partners—RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)—are pleased to announce the creation of "The Electric Circuit", Canada's first public charging network for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Supplied with clean, renewable energy, the first charging stations will be operational in early 2012 at the founding partners' business sites and at several AMT park-and-ride facilities.
PEV operators will be able to drive worry-free, knowing that a public network of charging stations is available to meet their needs. Initially, "The Electric Circuit" will consist of about a hundred 240-V charging stations. Quick-charge (400-V) stations will be rolled out in 2012, once they have obtained Canadian certification.
"We are proud to be able to count on partners of this caliber whose banners can be seen at over 900 locations in Québec. These are solid, well-established companies that, like Hydro-Québec, put a high priority on sustainable development, customer satisfaction and growth in electric vehicle use," said Hydro-Québec CEO Thierry Vandal. "While the vast majority of recharging will be done at home and at work, the availability of a public charging network is essential to meet customers' backup or emergency needs."
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