Hydro-Québec launches Cleo, a provider of fleet charging solutions

Citing growing demand for its fleet charging solutions, Hydro-Québec has created the new dedicated subsidiary to more efficiently offer its services and support its customers

Commercial fleet operators in Quebec have a new ally in the transition to electric vehicles: Hydro-Quebec now offers a brand dedicated to large-scale charging solutions, Cleo.

The new utility subsidiary offers commercial customers turnkey, vendor-neutral charging solutions for the province’s light, medium and heavy-duty fleets.

Hydro-Quebec actually started offering charging solutions for the province’s fleets earlier this year. Widespread interest and adoption of the solution led to the creation of Cleo.

“Hydro-Québec fully assumes its responsibility and its essential role in the transition to a low-carbon economy and seeks to act as a catalyst to achieve government transportation electrification targets,” said Jeff Desruisseaux, President and Chief Executive Officer. of Cleo, in a press release.

“The market response since the launch of our charging solutions has been so positive that it made perfect sense to create a brand to reflect the growing importance of our services within the ecosystem.”

In addition to offering support and maintenance of the charging infrastructure through a standard turnkey charging service, Cleo also uses and offers an intelligent platform that “automatically manages the charging of vehicles by anticipating their energy needs”, reads -on in the press release.

Cleo in use

Now that there is an official brand dedicated to commercial fleet charging solutions, Cleo inherits customers like First Student (the largest student transportation provider in North America), Autobus Groupe Séguin in Laval and Groupe Autocar Jeannois in Alma.

These last two companies have been using Hydro-Québec (now Cleo) charging solutions since 2021 and 2022, respectively.

For First Student – ​​which is the parent company of Transco in Quebec – Cleo will be responsible for setting up a charging platform to support 200 electric school buses by the end of this year.

“With the rollout, we intend to reduce our demand on the network and more efficiently manage the charging of our electric school buses,” said Laurie Henner, zone general manager at First Student in a press release. “We chose Cleo for its expertise and agnostic approach.”

General categories for which Cleo will offer charging solutions will include: school transportation, mass transit, package delivery, utilities, freight transportation and municipal services.

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