The government of Ontario will implement electric vehicle charging stations in 25 Canadian Tire Gas+ across the province.
According to AddEnergie Technologies, the firm developing the solution, these charging stations will begin rolling out in early 2017. There are 2500 stations already situated on its FLO Canadian network.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has stated that the provincial government will contribute approximately half of the $1.8 million CAD investment in the form of a loan.
This funding adds to the government’s commitment to provide $62.5 million towards the development of charging stations for electric vehicles, as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along main transportation hubs.
These charging stations will be equipped with direct-current fast chargers that can replenish up to 80 percent of a vehicle’s charge in up to 30 minutes. In addition, stations will be outfitted with Level 2 curbside chargers that take between three and four hours.
Rapid charging costs $20 per hour with per minute billing, and the standard charging cost is $1.50 per hour. These charging stations will be set up along the province’s most accessed routes, primarily Highway 401, and will serve all kinds of electric vehicles.
AddEnergie launched its cross-Canada FLO network this past May, which currently includes 70 fast-charging stations across Canada.
In total, the FLO Canadian network operates approximately 2000 charging stations, 65 percent of which is located in Quebec, 20 percent of which is located in B.C., 10 percent of which is located in Ontario and five percent of which is located in the Maritimes.