Québec Premier Pauline Marois and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced a partnership agreement between Québec and Vermont to set up the Québec-Vermont Electric Charging Corridor.
Beginning in early fall, 31 public charging stations will be available to drivers of electric vehicles (EV) along a 160 km stretch of highway linking Montréal and Burlington. The stations are part of Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit and Drive Electric Vermont’s network.
This initiative is the result of discussions between Québec and Vermont that began at the last Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.
It is a powerful example of cooperation between Hydro-Québec, Green Mountain Power Corporation and private sector stakeholders.
Develop other networks
The number of charging stations is expected to increase in the near future as a result of collaborations with neighbouring provinces and states. Québec and Vermont are already thinking of extending the network to the Magog-Sherbooke-St. Johnsbury corridor.
Québec, an industry leader
To date, nearly 1,500 full-electric and plug-in hybrids are in use on Québec’s roads and highways. Recent economy surveys show that Québec holds a very large share of the Canadian market for EV sales.
Québec currently has 300 electric charging stations in service, including: