Electric vehicles: a bike path in Montreal condemns 16 charging stations

Electric vehicles: a bike path in Montreal condemns 16 charging stations

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The construction of a new express bike lane on Saint-Antoine Street has forced the decommissioning of 16 charging stations for electric vehicles, among the most used in the city.

“The terminals are still there, but it is impossible to use them, deplores Adam Mizera, frequent user of street stations. For me, who lives outside of Montreal, it was a very convenient way to park downtown while recharging my vehicle.”

The implementation since July 8 of a bike path on rue Saint-Antoine, as part of the new section of the Réseau Express Vélo (REV), is the cause of the shutdown of the 16 terminals on the street.

“It is no longer possible to park on the left to use the terminals, because, with the presence of the cycle path on the right, this lane is now only used for traffic, details an employee of the management of the Palais des Congrès met on the spot. There were still quite a few people who came to recharge their vehicles. I always saw a car parked here.”

Lots of top-ups

Installed in 2015, the 16 terminals, located between Riopelle and Jeanne-Mance streets , were indeed among the most used in the metropolis.

“On average, 70 recharges were made per month on each of the stations, which is higher than the general average on our network, specifies Jonathan Coté, spokesperson for Hydro-Québec, parent company of the Electric Circuit, the public network charging stations. It is also one of the places where there are the most charging stations, because generally there are a maximum of 2 or 4 per site. »

When contacted, the City of Montreal said it was “aware of the inconveniences caused by the decommissioning of the terminals on the section of rue Saint-Antoine”, while explaining that it was working “actively to set up new charging sites”. These should be set up “by the end of the year, but also in 2023, in order to increase the service offer in the sector”. 

The current terminals will be for their share removed “permanently”.

Not enough terminals

Making room for bicycles delights Daniel Breton, of Electric Mobility Canada, but not when it comes to the detriment of electric cars.

According to Hydro-Québec figures, more than 1,200 level 2 charging stations (full recharge in 2 to 3 hours) are installed in Montreal. Not enough, according to Daniel Breton, President of Electric Mobility Canada.

“To say that we are going to make more room for the bicycle, that does not pose any problem for me, he underlines, but that does not prevent us from having a much more ambitious deployment plan for terminals”, he continues. 

“We must create charging centers equipped with a large number of terminals, rather than to have two here or four others there, says Mr. Breton. We must accelerate, because it is estimated that the number of electric vehicles in Quebec will be multiplied by 11 by 2030”.

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