a bike path in Montreal needs 16 charging stations

The installation of a new fast cycle lane on avenue Saint-Antoine has led to the closure of 16 charging stations for electric vehicles, among the most used charging stations in the city.

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“The terminals are still there, but impossible to use them,” laments Adam Mizera, a regular at street terminals. For me, who lives outside of Montreal, this was a very convenient way to park downtown while charging my car.

The creation of a bike path since July 8 on rue Saint-Antoine, as part of the new section of the Réseau Express Vélo (REV), is behind the closure of the 16 stations on the street.

“It is no longer possible to park on the left to use the stations, because with the cycle path on the right, this lane is now only used for traffic, according to the details of an employee of the administration of the Palais des Congrès met in the area. . There were still a lot of people coming. To charge their cars. I’ve always seen a car parked here.

Lots of refills

16 stations were installed in 2015, located between Riopelle and Jeanne-Mance streets, and were already among the most used stations in the city.

“On average, 70 recharges were made per month at each terminal, which is higher than the overall rate on our network”, Jonathan Cotey, spokesperson for Hydro-Québec, the parent company of the Electric Circuit, lists the terminals of charging from the public network. It is also one of the places with the most charging stations, because in general there are 2 or 4 maximum per location. »

Contacted, the City of Montreal said it was “aware of the inconveniences caused by the closure of the terminals in the rue Saint-Antoine sector”, while specifying that it was “actively working on the installation of new charging stations”. . It should be equipped “by the end of the year, but also in 2023, in order to increase the service offer in the sector”.

Existing stations will be “permanently” deleted.

Not enough stations

Making room for bikes satisfies Daniel Britton of Electric Mobility Canada, but not when it comes to electric cars.

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Making room for bikes satisfies Daniel Britton of Electric Mobility Canada, but not when it comes to electric cars.

According to Hydro-Quebec figures, more than 1,200 Tier 2 terminals (full recharge in 2 to 3 hours) have been installed in Montreal. That’s not enough, according to Daniel Britton, president of Electric Mobility Canada.

“To say that we are going to make more bike space does not pose any problem for me, he asserts, but that does not prevent a more ambitious plan for the deployment of the stations”, he continues.

“We need to set up dispatch centers with a large number of stations, rather than having two centers here or four more there,” says Britton. We must hurry, because it is estimated that the number of electric vehicles in Quebec will double by 11 by 2030.”

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