Petro-Canada says it has completed a cross-Canada network of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers, with more than 50 sites located in small towns and big cities from the Rockies to the Maritimes.
From Victoria, B.C. to Stewiacke, N.S., EV drivers can now charge up at locations along the Trans-Canada highway, says the company, which is a unit of Suncor Energy.
The chargers can provide up to a 200 kilowatt charge – enough to provide an 80 per cent charge to most EVs in less than 30 minutes, the company says, adding that the units are also capable of 350 kilowatt charging with future upgrades.
The completion of “Canada’s Electric Highway” is supported in part through $4.6 million in funding from the Government of Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
“With more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road in Canada and an average of 4,000 EVs added each month, we know that this is an important step in meeting the current and future driving needs of Canadians,” Suncor CEO Mark Little said in a statement.
“We want to be part of the total solution to meet energy demand and reduce the carbon footprint of the transportation system.”
Suncor said it will continue to work with governments at all levels to support the transition to a low carbon economy and to provide Canadians with choices for fuel.
“Zero emission vehicles are critical to our clean energy future and to combatting climate change,” said federal natural resources minister Seamus O’Regan.
“Our government is supporting initiatives like Petro-Canada’s coast-to-coast network of EV fast chargers; putting more electric vehicles on our roads, reducing pollution and creating stronger and more sustainable communities.”