Electric vehicle charging networks are definitely on the rise at the moment. Whether it’s on a nationwide level or in individual states like Rhode Island, options are growing for those wanting to drive longer distances in electric cars like the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Model S. Now those driving between Vermont and Québec will have options when traveling the the 138 mile international corridor between the United States and Canada, which includes I-89 and Highway A-10, Rte 104 and Rte 133.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office recently announced the development of the Vermont-Québec Electric Charging Corridor, working in cooperation with Québec Premier Pauline Marois’s people. The route will will initially link Burlington and Montréal, with plans calling for a large number of chargers to be installed along the way. Expected to open this fall, it will consist of Level 2 chargers, which are said to offer [PDF] approximately 10-20 miles of added driving range for each hour of charging.
The initiative, which was the result of discussions that began at the most recent Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, also envisions continued cooperation towards installing similar corridors on other cross-border routes, including Magog-Sherbrooke-St. Johnsbury. Besides Vermont and Québec, others involved in the program include Hydro-Québec, Green Mountain Power, the Burlington Electric Department and Drive Electric Vermont.
How much this new network will actually be used depends in part upon the density of electric vehicle ownership in the area. On the Vermont side of the border, there were a total of 308 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the state as of April 1. Of those, 235 were passenger cars. In Québec, meanwhile, there are nearly 1,500 full-electric and plug-in hybrids in use.
“Alternative fuel vehicles lower our reliance on gasoline, helping both our environment and our energy independence,” said Gov. Shumlin in a statement. “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. Using electricity rather than gasoline will mean clean transportation for the region at a lower cost.”
“Electrification of transport is a priority of the Government of Québec,” added 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.”