Hydro-Québec, Desjardins open first EV-charging “superstation”
Electric vehicle (EV) drivers in Montreal can now say their vehicles are “supercharged”, thanks to a new initiative from financial cooperative Desjardins Group, the Electric Circuit charging station network and Hydro-Québec.
Desjardins and Hydro-Québec recently announced the opening of a new “superstation” at the Complexe Desjardins in Quartier des Spectacles. The site features four 50-kilowatt charging stations and is the first of 200 charging stations that will be installed at caisse locations across Quebec and Eastern Ontario. (The partners plan to have all 200 of the stations installed by 2021.)
Pauline D’Amboise, secretary general and vice-president, Governance and Sustainable Development Division at Desjardins, said : “This project is just one of the many important decisions we’ve made in recent years to accelerate the energy transition. We’ve also made our operations carbon-neutral, invested in renewable energy projects, lowered the carbon footprint of our investment portfolios, and given our members and clients the opportunity to do the same.“
These charging stations, which are part of a larger initiative, are designed to help reduce the province’s carbon footprint by encouraging its residents to reduce their own impact.
“This project is just one of the ways we’re doing everything we can to ensure a healthier future that includes cleaner air, better public health and a higher trade balance,“ said France Lampron, director of transportation electrification at Hydro-Québec and president of Electric Circuit.
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