- EV drivers can use several fast-charge stations in the Saguenay and Québec City regions in addition to or instead of charging their vehicle at L’Étape. For instance, they can charge their vehicle using the fast-charge stations in Laterrière and Stoneham before entering the Réserve faunique des Laurentides.
- It may also be better to charge your vehicle at two different locations instead of one long charging session. For many vehicles, the charging speed decreases significantly with the increase in the battery charge level. Therefore, if your vehicle doesn’t have enough range to cross the reserve, you may have to charge at L’Étape, but it is worth asking yourself whether you really need a full charge.
- When charging your electric vehicle at L’Étape, it may be a good idea to reduce the charging time. The Electric Circuit’s trip planner is the perfect tool to ensure you reach your destination with enough power while reducing the number of stops you need to make.
“We applaud Hydro-Québec’s work to secure its power grid. Access to FreeWire’s integrated battery charging technology will enable the company to provide ultrafast charging without adding more pressure to its network infrastructure.” – Ethan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Policy at FreeWire
“L’Étape is a strategic location for EV drivers traveling between Québec City and Saguenay. In keeping with its mission to provide a reliable charging service throughout Québec, the Electric Circuit welcomes FreeWire’s technology as an excellent way to improve its service while limiting the impact on the power grid. What’s more, adding a generator to supply certain charging stations during a power outage makes the service more robust regardless of weather conditions.” – France Lampron, Director, Mobility and head of the Electric Circuit at Hydro-Québec
About FreeWire Technologies
FreeWire Technologies was founded in 2014 and is an industry leader in ultrafast EV charging and energy management solutions solving grid infrastructure constraints and supporting the global transition to electric vehicles. FreeWire’s network of battery-integrated Boost Chargers™ transform the way energy is distributed and bridge the gap from legacy infrastructure to future technology. FreeWire products are used by Fortune 100 companies, commercial and utility customers, fleets, retail locations, and gas stations across North America and Europe.
About the Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network for electric vehicles in Québec. It consists of more than 5,000 public charging stations, including close to 900 fast-charge stations, in every region of the province. Electric Circuit users have access to a 24/7 telephone help line as well as a charging-station locator service. The Electric Circuit website and app for iOS and Android are updated as new stations are installed. Members can also use the Electric Circuit app to access the FLO network, the ChargePoint network, Shell Recharge, Hypercharge, SemaConnect and Swtch anywhere in North America as well as New Brunswick’s eCharge network.
Information about fast-charge stations
Charging your EV at a 100-kW fast-charge station can add up to 400 km of range per charging hour, depending on weather conditions and the power of the vehicle’s on-board charger. A vehicle’s range is also affected by driving style as well as the use of heating or air conditioning.
Louis-Olivier Batty, Media Officer