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The Electric Circuit partners with Québec’s municipalities to facilitate EV charging stations


Photo: Hydro-Québec.

The Electric Circuit, in partnership with Québec’s municipalities, will be rolling out 4,500 standard charging stations by 2028, to meet the needs of electric vehicle drivers who do not have access to home charging.

A grant program is being offered to municipalities, through which Hydro-Québec is providing financial assistance of up to $12,000 per standard charging station.

“The addition of these 4,500 charging stations is excellent news for the electric vehicle drivers of today and tomorrow who will have easier access to charging near their homes or workplaces,” said France Lampron, Director, Transportation Electrification, Hydro-Québec. “For municipalities, this is a great opportunity to support the growing number of residents who are choosing electric vehicles.”

Charging stations must meet one of the following charging needs:

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  • Overnight charging in neighborhoods where electric vehicle owners do not have access to private outdoor outlets
  • Daytime charging downtown and near shops

The municipality must allow access to the curbside station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and offer free parking in front of the curbside station from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Municipalities who want to contribute must submit their grant application and required documents by August 31.

“Transportation electrification is central to both reducing GHG emissions and transforming our economy,” said Jonatan Julien, Québec Minister, Energy and Natural Resources. “Our government has ambitious goals for Québec and this important announcement about the roll-out of electric vehicle charging stations is yet another indication of our commitment to the energy transition.”