Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has announced that electric vehicle (EV) fast-charge stations will soon be completed along Highway 20, one of Quebec’s busiest corridors.
The Electric Circuit – the largest public charging network in Quebec – has signed agreements with the Belle Quebecoise restaurant in Daveluyville and the Tim Horton’s in Laurier Station, which will each install a fast-charge station for EVs.
According to the network, these charging stations are in addition to those already in service in Sainte-Julie, Drummondville and Levis. What’s more, a sixth charging station will be available this fall at the St. Hubert restaurant in St. Hyacinthe.
“The addition of these charging stations ensures safe travel along one of Quebec’s busiest highways,” says Jacques Daoust, minister of transport, sustainable mobility and transport electrification. “It will provide added incentive to drivers who take Highway 20 for personal and business-related travel to purchase an electric vehicle and, thus, bring us closer to the ambitious target set in our Transportation Electrification Plan of having 100,000 electric and hybrid vehicles registered in Quebec by 2020.”
Later this year, a second phase of Highway 20 electrification will be completed between Quebec and Mont-Joli. The charging stations will be manufactured by the Electric Circuit’s supplier, Quebec-based AddEnergie.
The Electric Circuit is a major initiative providing the charging infrastructure required to support the adoption of plug-in EVs in Quebec. The network comprises more than 670 public charging stations, including 32 fast-charge stations, in operation across 16 regions.