How does the Electric Circuit select its charging stations?

To offer its partners the best charging stations at the best price, The Electric Circuit issues international calls for tenders. Any company with a product that meets the criteria in the tender call document can submit a bid. The criteria include climate certification for use in Québec and access to local technical service.

The process includes seven steps:

  1. Before the bids are opened, develop an analysis protocol (how to evaluate and weight each criteria), approved by the Direction – Électrification des transports (transportation electrification unit).
  2. Analyze bids to evaluate if they comply with mandatory criteria.
  3. In-depth analysis of the technical and commercial proposals of the remaining bids, using the analysis protocol developed during the first step.
  4. Carry out climate tests at Hydro-Québec’s research institute on the submitted charging stations.
  5. Opening the envelopes that contain the detailed costs.
  6. Negotiate with the bidder who presented the most advantageous offer.
  7. Award contract.

 

Since its launch in 2011, the Electric Circuit has issued four tender calls.


August 2, 2011
On-demand supply of 240-V charging stations for electric vehicles
Tender no.13824344

Bids received (12) : 

  • 4 rejected due to non-compliance
  • 8 analyzed: GRIDbot, AddÉnergie Technologies, EcoSpark, AeroVironment, LEVITON, LUMEN, NEDCO, DUCO Électrique and Franklin Empire.


Note:  For all subsequent bids, only manufacturers were considered eligible (distributors excluded). 


November 28, 2012
On-demand supply of 240-V charging stations for electric vehicles and related services
Tender no.14200869

Bids received and analyzed (6) :

  • AddÉnergie Technologies, LEVITON, General Electric Canada, Eaton Industries (Canada), Schneider Électrique and AeroVironment


October 2, 2014
On-demand supply of 50-kW DC fast-charge stations for electric vehicles and related services
Tender no. 14716977

Bids received and analyzed (2) :

  • AddÉnergie Technologies and ABB Inc.


October 28, 2015
On-demand supply of 240-V charging stations for electric vehicles and related services
Tender no. 15020322

Bids received and analyzed (3) :

  • Add Énergie Technologie, General Electric Canada and SEMA CONNECT