Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit To Install 1,600 Fast Chargers Within 10 Years

JAN 28 2019 BY MARK KANE 23

First 22 are already installed, next 100 coming this year

In line with the previous announcement, Québec is going to significantly expand its DC fast charging network.

The plan envisions 1,600 new chargers in 10 years, and Electric Circuit, Hydro-Québec’s public charging network, already installed the first 22. The company now operates more than 1,700 charging points, including 168 DC fast chargers.

The next 100 fast chargers are to be installed in 2019. The largest stations will get four chargers at one site. With around 40,000 electric vehicles registered in Québec, the province is positioned for further growth.

More details from the press release:

“In June 2018, the National Assembly unanimously adopted An Act to promote the establishment of a public fast-charging service for electric vehicles. (This hyperlink will open a new window) The new legislation authorizes Hydro-Québec to use revenue from the increase in electricity sales generated by charges carried out primarily at electric vehicle drivers’ homes to fund the installation of more fast-charge stations. Electricity rates will therefore not be affected.

Hydro-Québec’s specific objectives will be as follows:

  • Commission 1,600 fast-charge stations in the next 10 years. As many as 22 new fast-charge stations have already been deployed in 2019 and about 100 in total will be deployed this year.
  • Expand the network in areas that currently have fewer fast-charge stations, such as Mauricie, Côte-Nord, Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean and Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
  • Densify the network in the busiest areas in order to eliminate waiting times at some stations in peak hours, particularly along highways.
  • Provide a high-quality, reliable service that is provided at the same price for all electric vehicle drivers so they can travel anywhere in Québec with ease.

Over time, the speed with which the new charging stations are installed will be modified based on the following:

  • Forecasts of the number of electric vehicle drivers, where they are located and the usage of existing charging stations
  • Costs incurred by expanding the network
  • New technologies that simplify the installation of fast-charge stations
  • Our desire to ensure that the rollout of fast-charge stations has no impact on electricity rates

The successful rollout relies on the cooperation between partners who will provide space for the new charging stations, namely Desjardins, Le Groupe Crevier, Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert and Metro, as well as the Ministère des Transports du Québec, given that some charging stations will be located at rest stops.

To follow the deployment of the charging stations or to learn more about transportation electrification, the Electric Circuit’s new Facebook page (This hyperlink will open a new window) is now available.

Significant financial support from Natural Resources Canada

Under its fast-charge infrastructure program, Natural Resources Canada selected three Hydro-Québec projects to receive financial assistance of approximately $5 million. These amounts will be used to fund the installation of approximately 100 fast-charge stations in Québec. The three selected projects are for the installation of 10 superstations with four fast-charge stations, as well as the deployment of 40 fast-charge stations on the north shore of the Fleuve Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence River) and 20 fast-charge stations on the south shore.

There are currently close to 40,000 electric vehicles registered in Québec and the Electric Circuit has more than 1,700 charging stations, including 168 fast-charge stations.”

Rollout of fast-charge stations – Winter and spring 2019

Commissioned since the beginning of 2019 (22 fast-charge stations):

  • Contrecœur (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Repentigny (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Apollinaire (superstation with 4 fast-charge stations)
  • Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc (1 fast-charge station)
  • Saint-Félicien (1 fast-charge station)
  • Sept-Îles (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Ours (1 fast-charge station)
  • Laval (6 fast-charge stations)
  • L’Anse-Saint-Jean (1 fast-charge station)

To be commissioned by the end of spring 2019 (49 fast-charge stations):

  • Laval (2 fast-charge stations)
  • La Tuque (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Donat (1 fast-charge station)
  • Lachute (superstation with 4 fast-charge stations)
  • Terrebonne (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Michel-des-Saints (1 fast-charge station)
  • Magog (1 fast-charge station)
  • Donnacona (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Les Escoumins (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Hyacinthe (1 fast-charge station)
  • Beaconsfield (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Candiac (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Montréal’s Pointe-aux-Trembles neighborhood (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Eustache (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Dégelis (1 fast-charge station)
  • Rouyn-Noranda (1 fast-charge station)
  • Boisbriand (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Montréal’s Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough (4 fast-charge stations)
  • Kirkland (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Shawinigan (superstation with 4 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Alexis-des-Monts (1 fast-charge station)
  • Beauharnois (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Montréal’s LaSalle borough (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Sainte-Julienne (1 fast-charge station)
  • Longueuil (2 fast-charge stations)
  • Saint-Jérôme (1 fast-charge station)

Source: Hydro-Québec via Green Car Congress

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23 Comments on "Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit To Install 1,600 Fast Chargers Within 10 Years"

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Nice. I wish the douche in Ontario had at least some coherent plant. One can dream I guess …

I was going to write pretty much the same thing. Hope we can vote him out next time.

Quebec has such an abundance of hydro-electric power that they can export for profit. It makes perfect economic sense to use locally produced energy. Electric Circuit also has some L3 chargers in Ontario, mostly in the Ottawa Valley. Quebec Hydro seems to be exceptionally well managed and……………… horror of horrors! It’s a public utility!!!

One of the main reason I bought my Model 3 without any hesitation. Env impact on the Model 3 production only.

Hydro-Québec have been created by the province to stop over price, unreliable, and technology retarded private producer that didn’t care less about their customers.

Some grid were running 25 Hz, some 50 Hz and another 60 Hz.

Yeah, it is a public utility success, not that they are perfect, but they have to report to the government and some energy panel.
Québec have probably the lowest electricity rate in all NA, so it is a good thing to make good use of it.

It’s just a shame that you cannot charge any TM3 on the province network that is much more spread and numerous than Tesla supercharger.

Apparently, it is coming, but not there yet.

Hopefully, most of these are on highways for traveling and not in the city.

They are, if you look at Quebec on Plugshare, you’ll see they have great coverage on all their major highway routes.

Except for highway 20 between Montréal and Québec city, all others charging stations only have 1 DCFC. Hope this will change.

Gilles – Actually there are several stations on the 20 between Montreal and Quebec City with 2 DCFC (Ste-Hyacinthe, Drummondville, Daveluyville) and 4 DCFC (Beloeuil, Saint-Louis-de-Blandford, Saint-Apollinaire).
In addition, there are several other sites which have 2 DCFC across the province, such as Rigaud, Riviere-Beaudette, Sorel-Tracy, Repentigny, Atwater, Contrecoeur, Sept-Iles, Stoneham, 4 stations in Laval with 2 DCFC each, etc.). Also, within the 49 fast chargers being deployed by the Spring of 2019, there are several with 2 DCFC and some with 4 DCFC.

Finally someone in Canada doing it right! Install multiple stations per site. That is one of the main reasons I went with a 3 last fall… while we have a decent beginning on DCFC infrastructure in BC, thus far it has almost always been one DCFC unit per site (which is crazy…)

The reality is that private property owners don’t want them. It’s taking parking spot of their lot. So it’s municipalities that accepts them. They are installed in arenas, town houses and packs. Some are in super stations and rest area but only 3 for the whole province. So they are mostly in towns where you needed to leave the highway but on the good side it’s good for tourists and the full coverage of the province is getting better. This way you can go anywhere without any range anxiety.

Not so. St-Hubert restaurants have been an early partner. So is Deajardins, the largest coop bank in Quebec. The new business model of Electric Circuit helps too, since HQ pays 100% of the deployment bill; the partner contribution being limited to giving access to the parking spots. Nevertheless, the fact that Hydro-Quebec is government-owned opens a lot of doors with regards to sites located on real estate owned by the province or municipalities.

Several local business owners I know and talked would love to have ev chargers as long as it’s paid for and run by a third party with no costs whatsoever for them.

The business owners even had some parking spaces next to power lines.

I love it. There’s barely enough QCs in Vermont to get me from Massachusetts to Quebec, but once there, I can relax, QCs are everywhere and they work well. Locations in retail lots are just off the highway, so no delay, and places to shop while I’m charging. Wish the US was as proactive.

“Barely enough QCs in Vermont”
Meanwhile, from my perspective in upstate NY, VT is overflowing with QCs! Thanks to them, I was able to take a ski weekend over the MLK holiday from Syracuse.
So yeah, compared to VT, upstate NY is a wasteland. Just imagine how I feel trying to travel in my Bolt!

NH and Maine are no picnic either. Some Electrify America stations are in the works for Maine, however.

Hope the DC that are getting installed will be upgradeable so that we can keep up with new car

That’s my worry actually. I spoke to one of their representatives last week-end at the Montreal auto show. So far it’s 50kw only. They’re « thinking » about higher power stations at this point but nothing more.

I wish My model 3 had a CCS/ChaDeMO(i hate those camelcases) adapter, because Hydro has a better coverage (Quebec is huge).

Maybe next year.

Good for the province.

Excellent application of hydroelectric power. You can’t “turn off” a river, so the options are energy storage (pumping the water into a reservoir for daytime hydroelectric generation) and greater off-peak electrical use.

Uh dude: I don’t think you’re quite clear on the concept. You build a dam on the river. Your “energy storage” is the water level in the reservoir behind the dam. In peak usage you draw down the water level. In periods of low demand you allow it to build back up.

Pumped-storage hydroelectricity is, in fact, used by hydroelectric power stations. Here is more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumped-storage_hydroelectricity

Please check your facts before posting.


I interpreted your original post as implying that you just had to take what the river produced and find a place for it. Yes pumped storage is used by some stations and interest is high in increasing capacity. The reservoir behind the dam is still the main storage system. There is interest both by Ontario and New York State power generators to use wind turbines along the St Lawrence River to further increase pumping capacity behind the dams. This would help reduce the draw down of water levels in the late summer. Given the attitude of the current Ontario gov’t towards wind power I don’t think we’ll see much action on that front for a while.

While pumped storage is effective in hydro installations it would be invaluable for wind and solar in areas where you can have two reservoirs at different elevations and can take advantage of it without significant ecological disruption.