The Canadian network of electric charging continues to take shape, as Canadian Tire has announced that 90 of its retail locations will host fast-charging stations by the end of 2020.
As announced about three months back, the Canadian auto, home and sporting goods retailer will install 240 fast chargers and 55 Level 2 (240v home current) chargers. The project is a collaboration among Canadian Tire and infrastructure planner Electrify Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), charging-system designer FLO and automaker Tesla.
“Canadian Tire is a proud Canadian company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change throughout our operations, including by offering a wide assortment of energy saving products,” said Robyn Collver, Chief Climate Officer at Canadian Tire Corporation. “The network of EV fast chargers that we are creating, with the support of partners like FLO, Electrify Canada and Tesla, is another example of how we are helping customers reduce their environmental footprints.”
”We are proud to be working with a retailer like Canadian Tire to help bring EV mobility to drivers across Canada,” said Rob Barrosa, Chief Operating Officer of Electrify Canada. “This collaboration has been a natural fit from the very beginning – from the values Canadian Tire holds as an organization to the many convenient locations across the country. We are optimistic our efforts will only further the adoption of electric vehicles by all Canadians.”
The number of EV purchases grew by 25% in 2019 (year over year), and the retailer responded by stocking up on required maintenance parts such as tires, brakes and wipers to fit 90% of EVs and hybrids sold in the country.
“Our common goal to help accelerate the adoption of EVs in Canada is now translating into a major extension of our network, bringing convenient and reliable charging solutions to more Canadians, at over 50 Canadian Tire locations across the country,” said Louis Tremblay, CEO of FLO. “We are pleased to work with other organisations involved in this project and committed to exploring new opportunities to enable roaming between networks, providing EV drivers with even more charging options and a simplified navigational experience.
The Ministry of Natural Resources provided $2.7 million in funding toward the cost and installation of the fast chargers, under the federal government’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, as well as providing $1.3 million to AddÉnergie for 28 fast-chargers at Canadian Tire locations.
“The move towards more zero emission vehicles is an integral part of our transition to a clean energy future,” said the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Our government is proud to support Canadian Tire’s network of EV fast chargers … giving Canadians cleaner choices on the road by investing in infrastructure from coast-to-coast.”
“Automotive is a heritage category for Canadian Tire and we have always evolved to meet the needs of drivers,” concluded Andrew Davies, Senior Vice President of Automotive, Canadian Tire Retail. “With our premium real estate assets, we are able to provide convenient locations across the nation to service the growing number of EV vehicles in Canada.”