Electrify Canada, a a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group Canada, has broken ground on its first charging station with the ability to charge vehicles that aren’t even on the country’s roads yet.
The new station at Toronto Premium Outlets — an outlet mall in Halton Hills, Ont. — will use a cooled-cable technology to permit DC fast charging of between 50 and 350 kW, the latter rate being capable of recouping up to 30 kilometres of range per minute in suitably equipped vehicles.
The catch is that there are not yet any electric vehicles on the road in Canada that can recharge at 350 kW, which requires an 800-volt battery as opposed to today’s 400-volt industry standard. However, several upcoming models among Volkswagen Canada Group’s marques will be equipped with 800-volt batteries, including the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT.
Like its U.S. counterpart Electrify America, Electrify Canada’s first charging station will be installed at a premium outlet mall. Toronto Premium Outlets is on the western extreme of the Greater Toronto Area.
The location is the first of a planned 32 stations slated to open in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, all of which will have CCS and CHAdeMO charging ports and will therefore be accessible to all compatible EVs, except Tesla. That automaker remains the outlier by using proprietary charging connectors, but CHAdeMO adaptor kits are available.
Customers will be able to purchase charging sessions using a credit card or via the Electrify Canada mobile app. Charging prices will be announced closer to launch.
Infrastructure and construction for the installation will be completed by Toronto-based company ClearBlue Technologies.
The report will be updated.