Car parked in front of the new Electric Circuit chargers in Riviere-du-Loup, Que.
The Electric Circuit has introduced new fast charger stations with dynamic power sharing in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. Photo: Circuit Electric

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.

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1 comment
  1. I was excited to find and use this station on a 5,000 km EV road trip in August. With long drive through stalls, and decent length cables supplied from above, and 500 kW to share across six chargers, this is what all charging stations should be! No matter where your charge port is located and whether or not you have a trailer behind you, for now at least, these are probably going to be the easiest chargers to use you’ll find here in Canada. Easy access to a main highway is good too, but closer to some other amenities would be the one way this station could have been even better. Being in a St.Hubert restaurant lot is fine when it’s open, but it’s closed more hours of the day than it’s open, and EV drivers need to charge at all hours. But great to see none-the-less!

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