Canadian Firm Join Forces with Japanese EV Association

Hydro-Quebec, a leading Canadian power utility provider, has joined CHAdeMO Association, an organization that counts among its members the leaders in the power industry and some of the world’s biggest automakers in Japan to do research and development for the next generation electric vehicles. Ms. Marie-Jose Nadeau, Executive Vice President, Corporate affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Quebec, and Mr. Tsunehisa Katsumata, the Chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company who at the same time chairs the CHAdeMO Association, made the announcement during the e8 Summit recently.

The summit gathers together every year the leaders of major power companies in G8 countries to discuss global issues on electricity.

Ms Nadeau said, "Hydro-Quebec is pleased to join the CHAdeMO Association as supporting member. The evolution and deployment of the charging infrastructure is important to the successful introduction of EVs for Hydro-Quebec and for our customers. We join a group of leading experts including large utilities to better learn, share experiences and knowledge."

Hydro-Québec generates, transmits, and distributes electricity. Its sole shareholder is the Québec government. It uses mainly renewable generating options, in particular hydropower, and supports the development of wind energy through purchases from independent power producers. It also conducts research in energy-related fields, such as energy efficiency.

The company is also a world leader in the development of power train systems through its subsidiary TM4 and in the development of advanced materials for EV batteries. TEPCO has developed a DC quick charging system, now known as CHAdeMO. Both companies were founding members of e8 in 1992, along with ENEL, another power company. The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Nissan Mitsubishi Fuji Heavy Industries and Toyota Motors, who later joined as its fifth executive member formed the group, are also members of the CHAdeMO Association.

Mr. Katsumata said, "It is indeed a pleasure to have a highly influential utility like Hydro-Quebec as a member of CHAdeMO Association in light of the critical role power companies will play in preparing EV infrastructures in coming years."

The CHAdeMO Association was established in March 15, 2010 to provide a quick charging solution for all EV users. The Association's name CHAdeMO, stands for "charge and move.” It is also a pun - charging a vehicle is as quick and easy as drinking a cup of tea.

CHAdeMO is also the trade name of a quick charging method for battery electric vehicles using up to 62.5kw of high-voltage direct current via a special electrical connector.