AZRA invests C$40m in transport electrification

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Over the next 18 months, AZRA will invest C$40m (US$31m) to install 2,000 new electric charging stations and deploy the Twizy, Renault’s first 100% electric vehicle in Canada.

“At AZRA, we are change agents on a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jean-François Carrière, president and chief executive officer of AZRA. “We are proud to be investing in transport electrification because it is the way of the future to reduce our environmental footprint.”

“By using our electricity to power our transport we will improve our environment while increasing our economic prosperity,” said Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification. “I therefore welcome the investments announced today by AZRA. The fact that Renault has chosen a Québec company to market its electric car in Canada speaks volumes about our leadership in this area.”

At the same time, AZRA is introducing the Renault Twizy to Canada. The event was celebrated in the presence of Guillaume Berthier, Renault’s electric vehicles sales director.

“Renault Group is delighted to have chosen a company as dynamic and committed as AZRA for the launch of Twizy in Canada,” said Mr. Berthier. “Electric cars, Twizy in particular, enables Renault to boost its international development. It also allows Renault to participate in the development of new ways to sell cars. This is demonstrated by AZRA’s “all in one” offer, with digital playing a dominant role in the sales model.”

To contribute to the expansion of the network and increase the accessibility of charging stations for Canadian drivers of electric vehicles, AZRA will install 2,000 charging stations over the next 18 months. The stations, made entirely of aluminum, will be equipped with 7 to 50kW power charges that can serve up to four users, for a total of 8,000 new charging points. They will be installed for free on private property through the establishment of partnerships with owners of office buildings, shopping centres and other types of buildings.

The joining of forces between AZRA and Renault will ensure that Canadian electric car drivers can count on a comprehensive and efficient electricity network.

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