As previously written, Hydro-Quebec in Quebec Canada is a supporter of electric vehicles and is taking part in cold weather testing of the Mitsubishi iMiev electric vehicle; it should come as no big surprise that the first EV charging station network in Canada is in Quebec.
electric vehicle owners will soon have less to worry about as they travel the roads in Québec Canada as the first public network charging stations is about power up.
by March, the first 90 charging stations will be operating at over 60 sites in Montréal and Québec city areas. The 90 stations will be joined by 30 more stations in summer of 2012, bringing the total to 120 charging stations in the network. The charging stations will be compatible with all electric vehicles including the Mitsubishi i-Miev, Nissan Leaf, and Ford Focus Electric.
“We are following the rhythm of the arrival of electric vehicles in Québec,” says Hydro-Quebec’s senior director of strategic planning.
Hydro-Quebec has partnered up with the transport agency of Québec to create the charging network. They are also testing a rapid charge unit, that can charge the battery to the percent in about 15. The rapid charges will later be corporative into the network.
Although there is much info to support that electric vehicle owners will do most of their charging at home and at work, range anxiety is affecting consumers desire to purchase electric vehicles and charging networks like this will help alleviate those feelings.
Users of the electric vehicle charging network will have access to a 24 hour help line. The health service will be provided free of charge. If necessary, CAA can reset the charging station remotely or offer towing in extreme cases.
Use of the charging network will cost $2.50 per use, or $25 for 10 charges, regardless of how long the Mitsubishi i-Miev is being charged.