Calculate your potential savings with an electric vehicle

Electric vehicle

Gas-powered vehicle

1 Select the electricity consumption per 100 km of the electric vehicle you are interested in.

2 Enter the fuel consumption of your current gas-powered car.


Price of electricity at rate DNote 1
0,1026 $/kWh

3 Select the price of gas.Note 2


4 Enter your annual kilometres travelled.

  1. Rate D – At home, the cost of one kilowatthour (kWh) varies according to total electricity consumption, which is different from customer to customer. For the domestic rate (Rate D), there is one price for the first 33 kWh per day (first tier) and another price for the remainder of the consumption (second tier). Generally, the cost of charging an electric vehicle corresponds to the second tier. Taxes are added to the cost per kilowatthour. The estimated cost of electricity ($0,1026 $/kWh) for a full charge is based on the second tier and includes taxes at the rate in effect April 1, 2017.
  2. Average pump price for regular gas in Québec, taxes included, in February 2017. (Source: Régie de l’énergie)

Charging an electric vehicle

For electric vehicle owners, filling up is a whole new experience. First, no more stops at the gas station, because most charging takes place at home. Every morning, their vehicle has a full charge of clean energy. At work, they can also top up their battery before returning home.

Plugging in at home and at work generally covers 90% of a vehicle’s charging needs.

Public charging stations, like Electric Circuit stations, are available for the remaining 10%.

According to a September 2009 Hydro-Québec survey, 94% of Québec households owning or intending to buy a vehicle had parking spaces at home, and 89% of those households already had access to a standard 120-V outlet at those parking spaces.

Charging time by power source and vehicle type

Power source

Approximate time for a plug-in hybrid vehicle

Approximate time for an all-electric vehicle

Standard power outlet
(120 V)

6 to 13 hours

11 to 24 hours

Standard charging station
(240 V)

2 to 6 hours

2 to 12 hours

Fast-charge station
(400 V or higher)


15 to 50 minutes

Standard power outlet – 120 V

All electric vehicles can be charged from a standard 120-volt outlet.

The power required to charge an electric vehicle with this power source corresponds to roughly that to run a 1,400-watt air conditioner.

We recommend hiring a licensed electrician to install a 120-volt outlet.

Standard charging station – 240 V

Most electric vehicles can be charged with a 240-volt charging station, which must be installed outside your home or in your garage.

The power required to charge an electric vehicle with this power source corresponds to roughly that to run a 180-litre (40-gallon) water heater.

You can also charge your vehicle at a 240-volt charging station that’s part of a public network like the Electric Circuit.

We recommend hiring a licensed electrician to install a residential charging station.

Fast-charge station – 400 V or higher

Fast-charge stations provide a direct-current high-power charge of 400 volts or higher. These stations can only be accessed through public charging networks like the Electric Circuit.

Only all-electric vehicles with a CHAdeMO or SAE Combo socket can be charged at fast-charge stations. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles cannot be charged at fast-charge stations.

Vehicle compatibility with different power sources

Public charging stations – Electric Circuit

The Electric Circuit is Québec’s largest public charging network. It has hundreds of public charging stations, including many fast-charge stations. Numerous private and institutional partners have joined the network since its launch in March 2012. The Electric Circuit’s thousands of members drive with peace of mind, knowing that they can rely on the network to top up their batteries while on the road.

Electric Circuit users have access to a 24/7 telephone help line run by CAA-Québec as well as a charging station locator service. The network’s Web site and mobile app are updated as new stations are commissioned. The Electric Circuit membership card also allows users to access FLO network charging stations in Québec.

Le Circuit électrique alimenté par Hydro-Québec

Comparison table – Polluting emissions by vehicle type

Source of energy





Plug-in hybrid



Comparison of electric vehicles and conventional vehicles in the Québec context