Quebec’s Electric Circuit Teaming with National VERnetwork
The Canadian electric vehicle charging networks Electric Circuit (founded by the Hydro Quebec utility) and ADDÉnergie’s VERnetwork are planning for “total interoperability” according to a phase-in schedule beginning in June.
Electric Circuit members will gain access to the 150 VERnetwork stations in Québec, on top of the 400 stations in their current network.
“This is excellent news for EV drivers,” ADDÉnergie president and CEO Louis Tremblay said in a release. “The two biggest charging networks in Canada will be available to anyone having an access card for either one of them: users will have access to almost 1,000 charging stations.
‘At Home, at Work or in Public Places’
“The VERnetwork provides charging in all types of parking areas, whether at home, at work or in public places, from British Columbia to the Maritimes,” Tremblay said. “It was crucial to us and our customers to enter into an agreement with the most extensive public charging system in Québec, the Electric Circuit.”
“We are extremely pleased to offer our members more charging opportunities.
“With the addition of 150 VERnetwork public charging stations, our 4,000 members will now have access to 550 charging stations across Québec, in addition to those in neighboring provinces,” said Hydro-Québec transportation electrification director France Lampron.
‘Another Step in the Right Direction’
“Since its launch in March 2012, the growing popularity of the public charging network with the community of EV drivers has encouraged us to continue to expand the network to meet their needs,” she said. “In offering all members of both networks access to both the VERnetwork and the Electric Circuit, we are taking another step in the right direction.”
The two network will achieve interoperability in three stages:
- in June, members of both networks will be able to use their cards to charge their vehicles at both Electric Circuit and VERnetwork stations;
- in July, the Electric Circuit and VERnetwork mobile apps will be able to display the stations in both networks and provide all the features currently available in either of the applications (log-in, start-up, real-time tracking of charging, and more);
- in the fall, all the stations and their status will be displayed on both the Electric Circuit and the VERnetwork websites.
Each network will maintain its rates for its stations.
In addition to the VERnetwork tie-in, the Electric Circuit said it intends to continue its expansion in the months to come, chiefly by stepping up the opening of fast-charge stations. Nissan Canada support is to result in 50 fast-charge (400-volt) stations “on main highways and in big cities in Québec by the end of 2016.” The Electric Circuit is also planning to have 75 stations with 240-volt chargers by the end of next year.
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Source: Hydro-Québec/Electric Circuit with Fleets & Fuels follow-up