Canadian public utility Hydro-Québec has inked a partnership agreement with the city of Drummondville for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) public charging stations.

The EV charging stations are being installed under Electric Circuit, which is the company’s initiative to support the arrival of plug-in vehicles in Québec.

Under the agreement with the city of Drummondville, the first charging station was launched at the downtown train station parking lot, located on Rue Lindsay, and is expected to become operational in July 2013.

The second charging station was installed in the parking lot on Rue Hériot and the third will be installed at the sports complex.

Commenting on the agreement, Hydro-Québec Public and Government Affairs vice president Pierre-Luc Desgagné said that the agreement is boosting Electric Circuit’s goal to install EV charging stations in Quebec.

Drummondville city Mayor Francine Ruest-Jutras said, "The implementation of electric vehicle charging stations is yet another forward-looking measure taken by the city to protect the environment and improve the quality of life of its residents.

"The first public charging network in Québec and Canada will continue to grow in the coming years. Drummondville will be able to help residents and visitors take advantage of this clean, renewable energy source from now on."

Hydro-Québec is in talks with the city about the EV charging installations at additional sites, as the city is planning to install more charging stations in 2014.