The Electric Circuit’s new fast EV charging stations allocate the maximum available power to each user based on their vehicle’s charging capacity
The Electric Circuit has introduced new fast-charging stations featuring a dynamic power-sharing system designed to streamline the user experience. The system allocates the maximum available power to each user based on their vehicle’s capacity.
Hydro-Québec owns the Electric Circuit. The charging network says this marks the first time dynamic power-sharing charging systems will be available within its Canadian network.
The three new charging stations are in Rivière-du-Loup, Que., and each have two cables. Each charging cable can supply a maximum power output of 300 kW. They can share a total power capacity of 500 kW when two vehicles are charging at the same time.
“These new stations are a welcomed addition to the Electric Circuit since they’ll simplify the charging experience for our members and maximize the charging power,” says France Lampron, head of the Electric Circuit in a press statement.
“Our goal remains the same: to make the charging experience as simple and efficient as possible for EV drivers in Quebec.”
Electric Circuit’s new chargers
The new Electric Circuit chargers are manufactured by the Finnish company, Kempower.
“As our global reach expands and we enter new countries such as Canada, our commitment to reliability demands even greater responsibility. Driving long distances is more common in North America than in Europe, making charger reliability an even more pressing issue,” says Kempower’s CEO, Tomi Ristimäki, in a statement.
“By having a tried and tested system in place to ensure the reliability of our chargers, we can launch in Quebec with the confidence that our chargers are fit to serve the province’s EV drivers.”
When in use, the chargers provide vehicles with the maximum power for their respective charging capacities.
Dynamic power-sharing chargers mean users no longer need to choose what charger to select based on power. The new Electric Circuit stations will automatically provide the maximum energy to the vehicle based on charging capacity.
The pricing structure will remain consistent with other stations within the Electric Circuit network, with billing based on power tiers.
Tested in Finland
Kempower has already conducted tests on its charger in winter conditions in Finland. The technology is making its debut in Quebec through the distribution efforts of Bornes Quebec. Bornes is a company that specializes in the purchase, installation and use of charging stations for its clients.
“The Kempower charging stations are … perfectly adapted to our climate and the diversity of electric vehicles on Quebec’s roads,” says Guy Lamarche, general manager of Bornes Quebec.
These first Electric Circuit Kempower stations are located in a St.Hubert restaurant parking lot. They are pull-through spots to accommodate vehicles with trailers.