Victoriaville is poised to make history in the Canadian municipal sector, pioneering the deployment of vehicle-to-everything (V2X) electric vehicle charging stations.

These charging stations, with their innovative and strategic approach to decarbonization, can power municipal buildings during peak periods or power outages, enhancing the resilience of the city's infrastructure.

"As the first municipality in Canada to test V2X technology in the context of urban resilience, Victoriaville is positioning itself as a leader in sustainable development. This innovative project has significant potential for replication in other municipalities and institutions,” Antoine Tardif, Mayor of Victoriaville, proudly stated.

Cleo, a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, will contribute its expertise in V2X technology testing. By integrating bidirectional charging functionality into its smart charging management platform, the City of Victoriaville can monitor and potentially regulate electricity transfers between electric vehicles and designated buildings during the Phase 1 of the partnership.

“We're thrilled to support the City of Victoriaville in enhancing building resilience and reducing the carbon footprint of its service operations,” said Jeff Desruisseaux, CEO of Cleo.

Phase 1 of the Project Commences

For the installation of Victoriaville’s V2X charging stations, three municipal buildings have been selected: City Hall, the Charles-Édouard-Mailhot Library, and the fire station.

In Phase 1, City Hall will host the first charging station due to its location in a densely populated residential and commercial area, ideal for serving "charging orphans"—residents without the ability to install home charging stations.

This setting offers an optimal environment to test the technology's efficiency and resilience.

Additionally, the V2X hub at City Hall is expected to power the Emergency Operations Centre during widespread power outages, contingent on the success of future project phases.

This initiative not only supports development but also highlights Victoriaville's dedication to a greener, more interconnected future.

V2X Technology for Urban Resilience and Sustainability

A key highlight of the Victoriaville project is the integration of V2X technology into urban resilience strategies, turning electric vehicles into energy reserves and providers.

This allows vehicle batteries to power municipal buildings during peak periods or outages, marking a significant advance in local energy management.

Moreover, by using electric vehicles instead of traditional diesel generators, Victoriaville is taking a major step toward sustainability with clean, green backup solutions.

"Victoriaville's investment in this technology exemplifies a responsible and forward-thinking approach. By addressing current electric vehicle charging needs and enhancing infrastructure resilience for future challenges, the city is positioning itself as a pioneering municipality committed to advancing electric mobility, implementing smart energy management, and strengthening community resilience," commented Sophie Séguin-Lamarche, Director of the City's Sustainable Development Office.