According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), Canada has reached a milestone in terms of publicly available electric vehicle charging stations. More than 1,000 stations are now up and running, the CAA says.
Furthermore, the CAA can help EV drivers find them online via its interactive Electric Vehicle Charging Station Locator.
"This significant milestone marks the growth of electric vehicles in Canada," says Jeff Walker, CAA's vice-president of public affairs, CAA.
More than 60% of Canadians state their top concern about purchasing a plug-in electric vehicle is range anxiety – the fear of getting caught without a place to plug-in when your vehicle needs a charge.
With the growing infrastructure of charging stations, advancements in technology and convenient apps like CAA’s map – which provides directions to the closest charging station – owning an electric vehicle is becoming increasingly practical the organization says.
An electric vehicle’s average range, which is affected by road conditions, driving habits and the vehicle itself, is typically between 140 and 180 km (under ideal conditions)- approximately the distance from Ottawa to Montreal.
"This shows that electric vehicles are a viable option in Canada and that range anxiety doesn’t have to be an issue," says Walker.
That assessment presumes that one travels primarily in the heavily populated areas of the country and that a charging station, once located, is available for use long enough to charge one's vehicle.
New charging stations are continually becoming available and CAA updates its map with new information on a regular basis. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to submit new information regarding CAA’s list of charging stations by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.