Electric Vehicles: A Montreal bike lane condemns 16 charging stations

The creation of a new cycle superhighway on Rue Saint-Antoine has forced the closure of 16 electric vehicle charging stations, some of the busiest in the city.

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“The terminals are still there, but it’s impossible to use them,” laments Adam Mizera, a frequent user of street stations. For me, who lives outside of Montreal, it was a very convenient way to park downtown and charge my vehicle at the same time.”

The creation of a cycle lane on Rue Saint-Antoine since July 8 as part of the new section of the Réseau Express Vélo (REV) is the reason for the closure of the road’s 16 terminals.

“It is no longer possible to park on the left to use the terminals because, with the presence of the cycle lane on the right, this lane is now used only for traffic,” said an employee of the Palais des Congrès administration on site. A few more people came who wanted to charge their vehicles. I always saw a car parked here.”

Lots of refills

The 16 terminals installed in 2015, located between Riopelle and Jeanne-Mance streets, are in fact among the busiest in the city.

“On average 70 charges per month were carried out at each of the stations, which is above the general average in our network, specifies Jonathan Coté, spokesman for Hydro-Québec, the parent company of Electric Circuit, the public grid charging stations. It is also one of the places where there are the most charging stations, as there are usually a maximum of 2 or 4 per location. »

When contacted, the City of Montreal said it was “aware of the inconvenience caused by the closure of the terminals in the Rue Saint-Antoine section” and said it was “actively working to set up new charging stations.” These are to be equipped “by the end of the year, but also in 2023, in order to increase the range of services in the industry”.

The current terminals will be “permanently” removed.

Not enough terminals

Daniel Breton of Electric Mobility Canada likes making room for bicycles, but not at the expense of electric cars.

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Daniel Breton of Electric Mobility Canada likes making room for bicycles, but not at the expense of electric cars.

According to Hydro-Quebec, there are more than 1,200 Level 2 terminals (full charge in 2 to 3 hours) installed in Montreal. Not enough, according to Daniel Breton, President of Electric Mobility Canada.

“To say that we will make more space for the bike is not a problem for me, he stresses, but that does not prevent having a much more ambitious deployment plan for the terminals,” he continues.

“We need to create loading centers with a large number of terminals instead of having two here or four others there,” says Mr Breton. We need to accelerate because it is estimated that the number of electric vehicles in Quebec will increase tenfold by 2030.”

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