In 2022, the Hydro-Québec Electric Circuit will celebrate its tenth anniversary. To highlight this first decade, Antoine Joubert and Germain Goyer received Jonathan Côté, spokesperson for the Electrical circuit at Hydro-Québec, on the show The Car Guide on QUB Radio.
With him, they also took the opportunity to discuss the costs associated with recharging as well as the issues when the temperature is particularly cold.
In 2012, the electric automobile was a little more marginal. Thanks to its flair, Hydro-Québec was able to set up the first network of charging stations for light vehicles in the country.
“We could see that there was a logic in the fact that Hydro-Québec responded to the demand for electric charging. At that time, there was no private company that had cornered the market. And Hydro-Québec had a natural interest in promoting the electrification of transportation. It is part of the government corporation’s objectives to decarbonize the economy,” says Mr. Côté.
How much does it cost?
While the price of a liter of gasoline has been on the rise for several months, many motorists are questioning their current mode of transport. However, before making the leap to the plug-in hybrid or fully electric car, it is essential to first take a look at the cost of recharging such a vehicle.
As Mr. Côté explained on our airwaves, “there are two categories of charging stations. There are the standard 240 V charging stations. Our network has nearly 3,000 units. They will take longer to charge, perhaps six, eight or ten hours depending on the capacity of the vehicle’s battery and its remaining range once arrived at the terminal. Some offer a flat rate of $2.50 for charging and others cost $1 per hour. »
In connection with the fast charging stations, Mr. Côté mentioned that “their different function. They are used when you want to cover a distance greater than that of the vehicle’s maximum range. They are mainly found near major highways. They will cost more ($12.08 per hour for a 50 kW charging station), but we stay there much shorter. »
The challenges in winter
While Quebec is negotiating with a particularly cold month of January this year, it is legitimate to question the impact of such a temperature on the range and charging of an electric vehicle.
To this end, Mr. Côté shared a tip for current and future owners of electric vehicles. “Electric vehicle batteries will respond better to charging when they are a little warmer. Motorists are advised to wait for the battery to warm up before recharging. And the best way to warm up our battery is to drive the vehicle. We therefore recommend, when you have long distances to cover in cold weather, to plan your charging further than at the start of the journey. Thus, you will benefit from a better speed of recharging. »
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