The Canadian arm of Volkswagen’s dieselgate subsidiary Electrify America has broken ground for the construction of the country’s first high power charger that Electrify Canada intends to install. It is one of a planned total of 32.
The ground-breaking ceremony took place at Toronto Premium Outlets, a shopping district in Ontario and the first initiative from Electrify Canada.
Lorie-Ann Roxburgh, acting president and CEO, Volkswagen Group Canada considers the location the “perfect choice” due to “the millions of shoppers Toronto Premium Outlets attracts each year and the variety of existing amenities”.
The high power charging station supports CCS and CHAdeMO charging and will deliver electricity at up to 350 kW to electric vehicles that can handle that rate. Besides, 50kW charging is supported. The Volkswagen subsidiary also says it will be the first in the country to implement the ISO Plug&Charge standard that will allow drivers to pay for charging just by plugging their vehicles in, without the need for a credit card or smartphone app.
Collaborating with Electrify Canada and Simon that owns the outlet is local technology, construction and infrastructure services company, ClearBlue Technologies Group.
Electrify Canada has not announced specific locations for the rest of its charging sites but states online that they will be built in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec and near major motorways and metropolitan areas. The Toronto Premium Outlets charger is close to Ontario’s Highway 401.
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