Retailer Canadian Tire is partnering with the Canadian Government to roll out a massive electric vehicle charging network. Member of Parliament Han Dong, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, has announced a $2.7 million investment to build 54 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations across central and western Canada.
This investment, made through Natural Resources Canada's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), builds on the nearly $1.3 million announced in 2016 for AddÉnergie to build 28 fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations, making the Canadian Tire EV network one of Canada's largest, with 104 stations nationally.
The Government of British Columbia is also contributing $275,000 toward the fast chargers through its Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program.
The hope is that these investments will encourage Canadians to use electric vehicles, making it easier for them to drive and charge them throughout the country, including nearby their homes, offices, and entertainment venues.
The funding is part of the Government of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast charging network for EVs; to establish natural gas stations along key roads and highways and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres; and to support the development of new technologies. It will also enable the development of bi-national codes and standards with the U.S. to ensure the alignment of EV and alternative fuel infrastructure, making it easier for drivers to travel in North America using green vehicles.
"We are investing in zero emission infrastructure so Canadians can more easily make the choice to drive and purchase clean vehicles," says Han Dong, Member of Parliament for Don Valley North. "More electric vehicles on our streets and highways make our communities healthier, reduce pollution and help create good, middle-class jobs."
"Canadian Tire is a proud Canadian company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change throughout our operations," adds Andrew Davies, Senior Vice President, Automotive, Canadian Tire Corporation. "The network of EV fast chargers that we are creating with the support of partners like Natural Resources Canada is an example of how we are evolving to meet the needs of all drivers while helping our customers reduce their emissions."
Concludes Michelle Mungall, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources: "Our CleanBC plan is making it more affordable for British Columbians to Go Electric with their cars. These new fast chargers help make clean transportation more accessible by expanding one of Canada's largest charging networks."