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The Electric Circuit

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The Electric Circuit
IndustryElectric vehicle infrastructure
Founded 📆March 30, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-03-30)
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️,
Montréal, Quebec
Areas served 🗺️
Quebec, eastern Ontario
Products 📟 Electric vehicle chargers
Number of employees
🌐 Websitelecircuitelectrique.com/en/
📇 Address
📞 telephone

The Electric Circuit (French: Le Circuit Électrique) is the largest public network of charging stations for electric vehicles in Quebec. As of 2019, The Electric Circuit offers 2,389 public charging stations in Quebec and eastern Ontario.[1]


Car charging curbside
Electric Circuit level 2 charger in use in Montréal

In April 2011 the government of Quebec published a plan to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, setting a target of 25% of cars sold in 2020 to be electric. The plan also called for provincial utility company Hydro-Quebec to develop a strategy for the deployment of public charging infrastructure.[2]

The plans for building Canada's first public charging network were presented in June that year. Hydro-Quebec found partners in Rona, St-Hubert, Metro and public transport company AMT to install a hundred charging stations at the physical locations of these partners.[3]

The first 30 charging stations were put in use in March 2012.[4][5] The pricing was set at 2.50 dollar per charging session regardless of the time used.[6] The network's first 400V fast charger was installed in 2013, with fast charging priced at 10 dollar per hour.[7]

By 2014, The Electric Circuit network had grown to 1,500 members. 253 chargers had been installed at sites of 60 different partners,[8] including a corridor of 12 chargers along Autoroute 40 between Quebec and Montreal.[9]

An expansion of 1,600 additional fast chargers over the course of 10 years was announced in 2019.[10]

Partner networks[edit]

Members of The Electric Circuit can also use chargers from the FLO network across Canada and the New Brunswick E-charge network.


  1. "Hydro-Quebec annual report 2019" (PDF). p. 19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Morin, Annie (2011-04-07). "Québec veut que le quart des autos vendues en 2020 soient électriques". Le Soleil (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Francoeur, Louis-Gille (2011-06-17). "Voitures électriques - Hydro jette les bases d'un réseau de bornes de recharge". Le Devoir (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Inauguration du Circuit électrique : les premières bornes de recharge publiques sont disponibles !" (PDF). Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Cadieux, André-Anne (2012-04-12). "Circuit électrique: inauguration des premières bornes". Novae (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Templier, Sébastien (2012-06-01). "Le "circuit électrique" prend de l'ampleur". La Presse (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. Raymond, Paul-Robert (2014-09-29). "Première borne de recharge rapide entre Montréal et Québec". Le Soleil (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. meveshaffer (2014-03-28). "Le Circuit électrique compte 253 bornes de recharge utilisées 1000 fois par mois". Journal Métro (in français). Retrieved 2021-02-03.
  9. "Le corridor de recharge électrique inauguré". TVA Nouvelles (in français). 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2021-02-03. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Serebrin, Jacob (2019-01-23). "Federal government to fund 100 new electric car charging stations in Quebec". Montreal Gazette. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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