Nissan and utility Hydro-Quebec have partnered to expand the Electric Circuit public charging network in Quebec. The automaker has committed to invest in 20 fast-charging sites for electric vehicles (EVs) this year and five more in 2016.
According to Hydro-Quebec, the Electric Circuit is Canada's first public EV charging network and has over 360 stations in operation in the province. Inaugurated in March 2012, the initiative has almost 3,700 members and more than 90 private and institutional partners.
This agreement with Nissan is part of a new phase of the Electric Circuit, which targets up to 50 sites in high-traffic corridors and large urban centers.
‘Nissan has been at the forefront of promoting electric mobility globally with the launch of the Nissan LEAF, which has changed the perception of what driving electric really means,’ says Hydro-Quebec's Pierre-Luc Desgagne. ‘With Nissan's important support of the next phase of the Electric Circuit, we'll ensure even more EV drivers have the convenience of fast charging while continuing the deployment of level-two chargers throughout the province.’
Locally based company AddEnergie will manufacture and supply the chargers, which will accommodate charging the Nissan LEAF and most EVs.