Aug 12, 2014
The Chair of the Board of Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région, Mélanie Dufresne, and, on behalf of the partners of the Electric Circuit, the President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, Thierry Vandal, announced on August 12, in the presence of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Pierre Arcand, a partnership agreement for the installation of 14 public charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu. Commissioning of these 240-V charging stations, which will be completed by the end of the year, will allow EV drivers wishing to take advantage of the region's attractions to travel with peace of mind, knowing they can count on a network of public charging stations to fill up if needed.
"More and more Quebecers are taking advantage of rebates on the purchase or lease of electric vehicles offered by the government, especially since this mode of transportation has significant environmental and economic advantages," said Pierre Arcand. "We salute this initiative by Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région and the Electric Circuit, which will benefit the community while contributing to the success of transportation electrification in Québec."
"This is an important step that will help convince drivers to purchase electric vehicles and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu," added Michel Fecteau, Mayor of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Prefect of the MRC du Haut-Richelieu. "The Electric Circuit will benefit tourism development in our region."
"Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région and its partners, especially the Conseil Économique du Haut-Richelieu (CLD), which played a key role in this project, welcome the signing of this partnership agreement," said Mélanie Dufresne. "The rollout of these charging stations on our territory ties in perfectly with the tourism development objectives of our region."
"We are delighted to welcome Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région to the Electric Circuit and ensure a standardized charging offer in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu," said Thierry Vandal, on behalf of the Electric Circuit partners. "This major rollout will improve the service offering along the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor and is excellent news for EV drivers traveling across the border."
The MRC du Haut-Richelieu goes electric
The Electric Circuit public charging offer in the MRC du Haut-Richelieu will expand gradually as more electric vehicles arrive in the region. The initial locations covered by the agreement are:
- Municipality of Henryville: CLSC - 125, rue de l'Église (one charging station)
- Municipality of Lacolle: Cyclist rest area - 103, rue de l'Église Sud (one charging station)
- Municipality of Noyan: Parking at MacCullum Park - 2007, chemin de la Petite-France (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Alexandre: Pavillon des loisirs - 440, rue Bernard (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu: City hall - 795, rue des Loisirs (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville: 100, rue Principale (one charging station)
- City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- City hall - 188, rue Jacques-Cartier Nord (one charging station)
- Le Bougainvillier professional centre - 315, rue MacDonald (one charging station)
- Saint-Luc library - 347, boulevard Saint-Luc (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix - Blockhaus de la Rivière-Lacolle, 1, rue Principale (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Sébastien: 190, rang des Dussault (one charging station)
- Municipality of Saint-Valentin: Municipal parking, 790, chemin de la 4e-Ligne (one charging station)
- Municipality of Sainte-Brigide-d'Iberville: Municipal centre, 510, 9e Rang (one charging station)
- Municipality of Venise-en-Québec: Tourism welcome office, 250, avenue de Venise Ouest (one charging station)
The fourteen 240-volt charging stations are in addition to the two already in service in the region. Last September, the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and the Electric Circuit inaugurated a first charging station at the Fernand-Charest cultural centre. Another charging station is in service at the St-Hubert restaurant on Boulevard du Séminaire Nord.
To use an Electric Circuit charging station, drivers pay a fee of $2.50 using their access card. Tourisme Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu et Région will keep all income generated from the use of the charging stations it has purchased.
Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor
The new charging stations under this agreement with densify the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor inaugurated last fall. Linking Montréal to Montpelier via Burlington, the charging corridor is the result of a partnership between Québec and Vermont. Some 40 public charging stations are currently available to electric vehicles drivers in Vermont, through the Drive Electric Vermont network, and nearly 300 are offered in Québec as part of the Electric Circuit.
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