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Hydro Quebec rolling out 4,500 standard charging stations by 2028

Hydro-Québec is providing financial assistance of up to $12,000 per standard charging station.

MONTRÉAL, May 27, 2021- The Electric Circuit in partnership with Québec’s municipalities, have announced they 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.

To support this important initiative, a grant program is being offered exclusively 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. For municipalities, this is a great opportunity to support the growing number of residents who are choosing electric vehicles.”

France Lampron, Director – Transportation Electrification at Hydro-Québec

Charging stations must meet one of the following charging needs:

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

In addition, 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.

Jonatan Julien, the Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said “Transportation electrification is central to both reducing GHG emissions and transforming our economy. 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.” Municipalities who wish to contribute to this effort to accelerate transportation electrification can submit grant application by August 31. 

“This is great news for Québec’s cities and municipalities! Making it possible for residents who rent, and even some homeowners, to charge their vehicles when the option is otherwise not available to them will help us meet our goal of increasing the number of electric vehicles in Québec, so that, collectively, we can drastically reduce GHGs in Québec.”

Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change.


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