- WÔLINAK: In the parking lot of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki office (10175 Kolipaïo Street, Wôlinak (Qc), G0X 1B0)
- ODANAK: In the parking lot of the Abenaki Museum (108 Waban-Aki Street, Odanak, (Qc) J0G 1H0)
WHO CAN USE THOSE STATIONS?
Those stations can be used by anyone with a hybrid or electric vehicle, whether they are members of one of the two communities or not.
It’s interesting to know that they are standard charging stations that are part of the large FLO network. The FLO network provides access to thousands of charging stations located from coast to coast of Canada to all their members and that their average cost of supply is around $1 per hour. To learn more about this network or to know where all their stations are located around Canada, visit their website: www.flo.ca.
REASON FOR THIS APPROACH?
Since the spring of 2015, Wôlinak and Odanak have their own Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CCAP). Such a plan aims to propose concrete actions, or adaptation measures, to allow communities to be the least negatively affected possible by changes in temperature. These measures include reducing the emission of greenhouse gases to reduce the human impact on the environment, which represents a priority. In this context, a grant was obtained through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for the deployment of charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.
Given that the transportation sector alone accounts for 40% of Québec's greenhouse gas emissions, half of which come from light-duty vehicles (MDDELCC, 2016), it is clear that using low-consumption cars is a front-line solution. In this context, communities have deployed charging stations in order to encourage their residents to choose this mode of transportation. In addition, the visibility provided by this project is significant, since the stations will be accessible to all. Wôlinak and Odanak are now members of Quebec’s Electric Circuit (https://lecircuitelectrique.com/).