Canada will establish a cross-country electric vehicle charging network

The government of Canada is investing $4.6 million in Petro-Canada, a division of Suncor Energy, for building 92 electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations in its coast-to-coast network. The first completed station, in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, will be part of a larger network of more than 50 Petro-Canada locations, each with two charging units on site.

The investment, announced on behalf of Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI) investment to build a nationwide charging network for EVs and support other zero- and low-carbon demonstration and deployment projects.

Over 500 fast chargers are built or planned this year, with hundreds more expected over the next two years. Through 2019, Canada will invest an additional $130 million in charging infrastructure and a new incentive program for Canadians who purchase or lease a zero-emission vehicle. EVAFIDI also includes provisions for stations for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in metropolitan centres

“Our government is making historic investments in green infrastructure, helping us to move from traditional fuels to cleaner choices that will power our future while lowering costs for families,” says Bill Casey, member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester. “With more electric vehicles on our roads, we will reduce pollution and create strong and sustainable communities.”


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Canada’s climate plan includes over 50 measures to protect the environment and leave a healthier planet for future generations, including actions to protect our oceans, phase out coal-fired electricity, invest in renewables and public transit and reduce plastic pollution. Zero-emission vehicles are a key part of Canada’s plan to combat climate change while growing the national economy.

“Keeping Canadians moving is what we do. We know that our customers’ needs are changing, and with more than 1,800 retail and wholesale locations across the country, we have the network in place to address some of the challenges being faced by electric vehicle drivers,” Deborah Gullaher, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Suncor. “By combining the elements from our top-tier national network with the fastest technology available, we will be able to meet the needs of our customers today and into the future.”


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William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.

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