MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, May 3, 2017 (ENS) - Automobile retailer Montréal Auto Prix has commissioned a double-outlet rapid charging station for electric cars that will be available free of charge to individual private drivers.
The new Elmec 400 V rapid charging station will be available at 5600 Metropolitan Boulevard East. Only the first 15 minutes of each use will be free so that a maximum number of users can benefit from the station.
Present at the announcement ceremony to mark its importance were: Canada's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand, who also serves as the minister responsible for the Plan Nord and Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region; and also Elsie Lefebvre, associate councilor for the City of Montréal, responsible for the Transportation Electrification Strategy.
"A year ago, already, we launched one of our boldest and most innovative initiative yet with the first sales establishment entirely dedicated to pre-owned hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada," said Minister Arcand. "Today's announcement once again reflects our sincere and profound commitment to the electrification of transport."
The addition of this new charging station for electric cars, at an initial cost of C$135,000, is part of Montréal Auto Prix's commitment toward the electrification of transport through which the company hopes to inspire the interest of Quebec residents.
This is in line with the provincial government's objectives to make Quebec a leader in Green transportation and to reduce greenhouse gases.
"We are convinced that the more the network of electric vehicle charging stations is developed in Quebec, the more motorists will choose this type of vehicle. This is what we believe and as such, we wish to contribute by proposing solutions that will promote change," said Richard Martin, co-chair of Montréal Auto Prix.
"Electrification of transport is one of our government's flagship projects and we are giving ourselves the tools to meet the ambitious targets contained in the Electrification of transport Action Plan, and in the 2030 Energy Policy," said Minister Arcand. "I am proud to see companies such as Montréal Auto Prix get significantly involved in the evolution of the electric vehicle industry."
The minister believes that companies in the automotive sales market have a role to play in helping to change behavior and promote purchases of zero-emission vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says he is committed to moving his city towards transportation electrification.
Elsie Lefebvre, associate transportation councilor for the City of Montreal's Executive Committee, said, "As the person responsible for the Transportation Electrification Strategy, I especially welcome Montréal Auto Prix's initiative of installing two rapid charging stations that will be free for electric vehicle owners."
For years, Montréal Auto Prix has made available to Quebec residents services that encourage a more eco-responsible use of individual transportation.
The company also supported Montreal's Polytechnique students for the development of their 100 percent electric formula.
Montréal Auto Prix has four stores in the Greater Montreal Area and more than 130 employees. In February 2016, the company inaugurated the first sales facility for pre-owned hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada, and has equipped all of its establishments with free charging stations for its employees.
PHOTO: Dignitaries at the Montréal Auto Prix charging station announcement, from left: Pierre Arcand, Canada's minister of energy and natural resources, Elsie Lefebvre, associate transportation councilor for the City of Montréal Exécutive Committee; and Richard Martin, co-chair of Montréal Auto Prix and Sylvain Lamoureux, co-chair of Montréal Auto Prix. (CNW Group/Montréal Auto Prix)