Montreal, September 10th 2015 – Electric Auto-mobile vehicles, offered as part of Communauto’s one-way free-floating carsharing fleet, can now be taken and released at any of the 11 Electric Circuit charging stations inside the Auto-mobile service zone. The selected stations will be displayed in real time on Communauto’s web application and mobile site.
“We are thrilled the Electric Circuit can support the electric component of Communauto’s free-floating carsharing service. By democratizing access to electric vehicles and allowing Montrealers to understand the benefits of such a transportation mode, this initiative supports our mission to promote the adoption of an increasing number of electric vehicles on our roads” points out France Lampron, Director, Transportation Electrification at Hydro-Québec.
“To us, today’s announcement, in addition to representing a benefit to our users, constitutes a further step in the implementation of the transportation electrification project we propose for Montreal. We have worked with Hydro-Quebec for several years now and this new initiative will allow us to collect actual usage data. This information will be very helpful, knowing the extent of the offer we plan to develop over the next 5 years”, says Mr. Benoît Robert, Communauto President and CEO.
Electric carsharing exists in Montreal, and it is doing well. The offer has doubled this year, with 50 electric Nissan Leaf now part of the Auto-mobile fleet. Until now, vehicle charging was mostly ensured by Communauto’s teams and relied almost exclusively on the private network terminals deployed by the organization in 2011, with Hydro-Québec’s support. From now on, it will be possible for Communauto customers – on a voluntary basis – to charge the vehicles, thus minimizing vehicle downtime. They will also be able to use the Electric Circuit charging stations while on a trip and to enjoy the charging stations located outside of Montreal to go much further with an electric car.
Each of the 50 Auto-mobile Nissan Leaf is equipped with an Electric Circuit card that allows users to use the charging points easily and for free (the price for charging is included in Communauto use fees).
All data collected as part of this partnership with Hydro-Québec will be made available to the community in order to contribute to making Montreal a center of excellence with its Transportation Electrification project.
Communauto has long been interested in electric cars and has always defended the idea that carsharing is a key element in electrification of automotive transport. In this perspective, Communauto was involved very early in electrification projects along with various stakeholders such as the City of Montreal, and AMT (with the Branché project). As early as 2003, Communauto would assess the feasibility of implementing electric vehicle carsharing services in France and in Quebec. In June 2013, the Auto-mobile service was inaugurated, making Communauto the first organization in the world to offer both traditional and one-way free-floating carsharing services. That same year, Auto-Mobile was also the first 100% electric carsharing fleet in Canada. Today, nearly 20% of Auto-Mobile vehicles in Montreal run on electricity, with hybrid vehicles making for the remaining part of the fleet.
About the Electric Circuit
The Electric Circuit is the largest public charging network in Québec. It is a major initiative providing the charging infrastructure required to support the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in Québec, with close to 465 stations in parking lots of the AMT, RONA stores, Metro grocery stores and St-Hubert restaurants throughout Québec. Since its inauguration in March 2012, over a 110 private and institutional partners have joined The Electric Circuit.
Important phases and partnerships in Communauto’s electrification project
2003: Launch of the Branché project with Communauto, the City of Montreal and the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) for the deployment of a fleet of electric vehicles in Montreal. (French content)
2008: Signature of the UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Sustainability Charter by Communauto, the first carsharing organization to sign this Charter. (French content)
In addition to being the oldest carsharing company in North America Communauto, was the first carsharing organization in America to make 100% electric cars available to its customers. Even today, Communauto’s electric fleet is the largest to be offered in carsharing in Canada. With some 1,800 vehicles including 1,300 in the Montreal area, Communauto’s network extends from Ontario, Canada (Ottawa-Gatineau), to Paris, France, via Sherbrooke, Quebec City and Halifax (Nova Scotia). Communauto’s offer is available in 19 boroughs in Montreal.
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