Quebec Vermont Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor

For those Woodstock Early Birds looking for a charge, this new initiative provides vehicle charging stations at Burlington Airport, Montpelier and at Vermont Law School in So-Ro as well as a few points South.

This press release from Gov. Shumlin’s office:

For immediate release
June 17, 2013

MONTRÉAL- Gov. Peter Shumlin and Québec Premier Pauline Marois today unveiled the first sites of the Vermont-Québec Electric Charging Corridor.

The corridor is the result of an agreement between Drive Electric Vermont and the Québec-based Electric Circuit.

The corridor will initially link Burlington and Montréal and – thanks to the more than 20 charging stations installed along the route – will give electric vehicle drivers assurance that they can charge when needed along the route between Vermont and Québec.

The number of charging stations is expected to increase with the signing of new partnership agreements.

Construction of the stations is progressing smoothly, and the 138 mile corridor which includes I-89 and Highway A-10, Rte 104 and Rte 133, is expected to open this fall.

“Alternative fuel vehicles lower our reliance on gasoline, helping both our environment and our energy independence. With the number of alternative energy vehicles growing at tremendous rates, these stations, along with websites identifying their location, will support visitors and residents as they use this clean and efficient mode of transportation,” said Gov. Shumlin.

“Using electricity rather than gasoline will mean clean transportation for the region at a lower cost. I am pleased to join Premier Marois in announcing the significant progress that has been made on the Vermont-Québec Electric Charging Corridor”

“Electrification of transport is a priority of the Government of Québec,” said Premier Marois. “The partnership between Vermont and Québec is a long one filled with many issues of common interests.

Today’s announcement outlining the installation of the electric charging network is a concrete example of our shared leadership in the field of sustainable development and clean energy use.”

In addition to announcing the initial corridor, the agreement also envisions continued cooperation towards installing similar corridors on other cross-border routes, including Magog-Sherbrooke-St. Johnsbury.

The initiative is the result of discussions that began at the most recent Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP) and provides a powerful example of what cross-border cooperation can produce.

The State of Vermont, Québec, and a group including Hydro-Québec, Green Mountain Power Corporation, the Burlington Electric Department, and Drive Electric Vermont, are currently looking into other ways to bolster public infrastructure for electric cars.

The official opening of the corridor will take place this fall.

Vermont

St-Albans
· Maplefield’s Mobile (2 chargers)

Colchester
· St. Michael’s College (2 chargers)

Burlington
· Lakeview Garage (4 chargers)
City Market (1 charger)
Chittenden Superior Court (1 charger)

South Burlington
· Burlington International Airport
· Healthy Living Market and Café (2 chargers)

Waterbury
· Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center (2 chargers)

Montpelier
· Lost Nation Theater (2 chargers)
· Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services (2 chargers)

Vergennes
· DR Power Equipment (2 chargers)

Middlebury
· Addison County Regional Planning Commission (4 chargers)

South Royalton
· Vermont Law School (4 chargers)

Manchester
· Hand Chevrolet (1 charger)

South Londonderry
· Mountain Energy of Vermont (2 chargers)

 

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