The Canadian province of Quebec has announced that Canada's first public electric vehicle charging network will arrive in 2012.
The project, led by Hydro-Québec and partners RONA, les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport, call it Canada's "Electric Circuit." Charging stations will be installed at the partners' headquarters as well as at several AMT park-and-ride facilities.
The "Electric Circuit" will initially consist of about one hundred 240-volt charging stations, to be rolled out gradually (to accommodate for gradual adoption of EVs, of course). Four-hundred volt "quick-charge" stations will be deployed in 2012.
It starts in the metropolitan areas of Montréal and Québec; if successful, it will be extended to other cities and sites in the province. Still, officials see public charging to comprise just 20 percent of the places drivers will recharge; the other 80 percent will be a mixture of home and work.
Charging will cost a flat fee of about $2, which will include the cost of the electricity and access to a prime parking spot. Locations will be chosen based on ease of access, the companies said.
The stations themselves will be tested in a climate-control chamber at Hydro-Québec's research institute to ensure they can stand up to the region's bitterly cold weather.
Hydro-Québec will provide a charging station locator service and CAA Quebec will provide 24/7 telephone support.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com