Fast-charging stations compatible with a number of current electric vehicle models will be installed at 25 Canadian Tire locations across Ontario, the federal government announced Dec. 6.
Ottawa will provide a repayable contribution for almost half of the $1.8 million that AddÉnergie of Québec needs to install the stations; Canadian Tire is making available the required real estate on which they will sit.
The spending is part of the Liberal government’s plan to create a cleaner transportation sector by expanding the infrastructure that supports electric and alternative-fuel vehicles.
AddÉnergie, which develops electric vehicle recharging technology, says the charging stations will be installed strategically at locations close to some of Ontario’s busiest highways to facilitate EV travel in and between cities.
Its direct-current Level-three fast chargers charge up to 80 per cent of a battery’s capacity in 20-30 minutes, depending on the model. They are compatible with vehicles equipped with CHAdeMO or SAE Combo charging ports, such as the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, which requires an adapter.
AddÉnergie’s dual Level-two curbside charging stations will also be installed at each station and can charge most electric vehicles to their full capacity in 3-4 hours; they are compatible with both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.
All stations will be connected to the FLO national charging network operated by AddÉnergie, which already has more than 70 fast-charging stations across the country.
The federal government has mandated all infrastructure must be completed and open to the public by March 31, 2018.
Canadian Tire Petroleum President Bruce Allen said in a statement the project is “at the forefront” of innovation in the EV charging segment.
Ottawa has committed to spend $62.5 million over two years building 280 electric vehicle charging stations, nine natural gas refuelling stations and three hydrogen refuelling stations between British Columbia and Atlantic Canada.