Leading the Charge
The deals that Louis Tremblay just struck are absolutely electrifying.
Flo, the Quebec-based charging equipment maker Tremblay founded in 2009, announced in October it is finalizing a deal with Imperial Oil Inc. that could bring EV-charging infrastructure to the more than 2,000 Esso and Mobil gasoline stations across Canada. In December, General Motors selected Flo to supply 40,000 Level 2 chargers to dealerships in underserved communities in Canada and the United States.
Tremblay, 39, is guiding a team of nearly 400 staff as Flo expands its assembly operations and network in Canada and the United States. The company’s two plants in Shawinigan, Que., and a new charger-assembly site in Auburn Hills, Mich., give Flo the capacity to build 75,000 chargers a year. Flo already operates 70,000 chargers in Canada and the United States and has “roaming” partnerships with public charging networks, such as the Electric Circuit in Quebec and BC Hydro EV on the West Coast.
Tremblay says drivers need far more charging options along the key corridors than gasoline stations typically have.
“We’re going to work together to make sure we put a great offering in front of all branded resellers,” he said. Automotive News Canada named Tremblay a Canadian to Watch in 2022, and he delivered with lightning speed.