The Electric Circuit at Québec City Auto Show to Expand Service in Region
MONTREAL, March 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of the Salon de l'auto
de Québec, being held March5 to 10 at the Centre de foires de Québec, the
Electric Circuit will make its presence felt by telling visitors about the
advantages of electric vehicles (EVs). Representatives will meet with area
business and institutional leaders to encourage them to join the current
"We're in the midst of a major shift that is going to totally change the way
we fuel our cars. Several automakers at the show are presenting cars that run
on clean electricity. Drivers are very interested," said Pierre-Luc Desgagné,
Hydro-Québec's Senior Director - Strategic Planning, on behalf of the
Electric Circuit's founding partners. "Companies in the region will find that
the opportunity to join the Electric Circuit is more than worthwhile."
With a view to increase its presence in the region, the Electric Circuit has
lined up some 40 meetings at the auto show with number of potential partners,
all leaders in their fields. "The Electric Circuit must continue to expand to
serve more EV drivers so they can travel throughout Québec," added
Mr.Desgagné. "We have targeted the Québec area from the outset and it
remains essential for the future."
Almost 12 months after its official launch, the Electric Circuit has 8
partners and 28charging stations in the greater Québec area, so EV drivers
can travel worry-free. The current partners are several RONA hardware stores,
Metro grocery stores, St-Hubert Restaurants (charging stations are available
in the parking lots of many establishments affiliated to these three
partners), Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, CAA-Québec, First Capital, SÉPAQ and
Discount Car & Truck Rentals. Almost 60% of electric vehicle drivers now have
an Electric Circuit card for use as needed.
Discover Electric Circuit charging stations at the Québec City Auto Show
The Electric Circuit is inviting individuals and businesses to drop by its
kiosk in the ÉcoZone to learn more about the advantages of public charging
for EVs. Visitors to the auto show will also have a chance to test drive
plug-in electric and hybrid cars. This activity is being organized by
CAA-Québec, in partnership with the Gouvernement du Québec and the Electric
Circuit. Visitors will be able to try out one of the eight models on exhibit:
Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Energi hybrid, Smart
Fortwo electric drive, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid, Mitsubishi
i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf.
The Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is a major milestone in the development of the charging
infrastructure needed to support the arrival of plug-in electric vehicles in
The Electric Circuit offers nearly one hundred fifty 240-V charging stations
in parking lots of the AMT, as well as those of many RONA hardware stores,
Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert Restaurants throughout Québec. Since its
launch on March30, 2012, 23private and institutional partners have joined
the Electric Circuit. It will continue to expand in order to offer greater
geographical coverage and serve more EV drivers in several regions of Québec.
While EV owners do most of their charging at home and at work, drivers can
travel worry-free, knowing they can top up their batteries on the road if they
need to. Electric Circuit users also have access to a 24/7 telephone help line
run by CAA-Québec, as well as a charging station locator service. The
Electric Circuit Web site, www.theelectriccircuit.com, is updated as new
stations are installed or commissioned.
Nathalie Vachon Hydro-Québec, for the Electric Circuit 514289-2441
SOURCE: Electric Circuit
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