Electricity is playing an increasingly important role in both public and personal transportation. And Hydro-Québec has what it takes to assist in this transition: clean, renewable energy; a reliable grid; recognized expertise; and promising technologies.
When should I charge my electric vehicle?
Driving an electric vehicle means experiencing a whole new way of filling up. At home, you simply plug in your vehicle in the evening so that it is completely charged the next morning. The same goes for when you plug it in when you get to work: you head home at the end of the day with a full charge.
This means that over 95% of charging needs are met at home and at work.
For more occasional needs – for instance, running errands on the weekend or taking longer drives – the Electric Circuit has launched a public charging service.
All of this means that Hydro-Québec supplies clean energy to run clean cars.
What are the charging options for electric vehicles?
Electric vehicles are mostly charged at home and at work, but while on the road, they can also be topped up as needed at public charging stations.
How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle at home?
For an annual distance travelled of 20,000 km, “filling up” an electric vehicle will cost $1,000 to $2,000 less than a conventional vehicle.
What is the Electric Circuit? And what is Hydro-Québec’s role in it?
The Electric Circuit, the first network of public charging stations in Québec and Canada, was the brainchild of Hydro-Québec. Launched in spring 2012, the network is the result of a partnership with RONA, Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert, METRO and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT). Many other organizations have since come on board, helping expand the network in various regions across the province.
Charging stations (240 V and 400 V) are available in the parking lots of its partners.
EV drivers can travel worry free, knowing that they can top up their batteries at readily-accessible and easy-to-use Electric Circuit stations.
How do Electric Circuit charging stations work? Is it hard to recharge an EV?
All plug-in electric vehicles sold in Québec since 2011 are equipped with a socket compatible with 240-volt charging stations. Select all-electric vehicles are equipped with a socket that is compatible with 400-volt or higher fast-charge stations.
Can any EV driver use Electric Circuit charging stations?
Only drivers with a valid membership card can use Electric Circuit charging stations. Membership cards can be ordered on the Electric Circuit Web site.
Some charging stations also accept payments through the Electric Circuit iOS and Android mobile apps.
Are there many charging station suppliers?
A number of North American and European companies sell EV charging stations. Hydro-Québec tested various models for the Electric Circuit as part of a call for tenders.
Are there any financial incentives for purchasing electric vehicles?
Yes. The Québec government currently offers a rebate on the purchase of electric vehicles and the installation of home charging stations.
Is Hydro-Québec planning to integrate electric vehicles into its fleet?
Hydro-Québec employs various means to reduce the energy consumption of its vehicle fleet, including using a growing number of hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.
In recent years, we have also conducted trials with different experimental plug-in electric vehicles to determine how they handle in various conditions or to test components we have developed.
Several of the big automakers now offer mass-produced electric cars. Hydro-Québec has already added dozens of Chevrolet Volts to its fleet and is continuing its electrification efforts by installing Electric Circuit stations in many of its own parking lots.