Canadian Tire Corporation announced today that 90 of its retail locations would host fast-charging stations by the end of 2020, making CTC one of the largest retail networks of EV fast-charging stations in the country.
For this, CTC has teamed up with several providers, among them Volkswagen’s Electrify Canada and Tesla. FLO and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) join the companies to provide a total of 240 fast chargers and 55 Level 2 chargers at Canadian Tire locations.
The traditionally auto-based company says the move follows “the growing number of electric vehicles in Canada,” said Andrew Davies, Senior Vice President, Automotive, Canadian Tire Retail. According to Electric Mobility Canada, record numbers of drivers adopted electric vehicles in the third quarter of 2019, with sales increasing by 25% year-over-year. Recognising this, Canadian Tire’s assortment includes products for 90% of electric and hybrid vehicles registered in Canada, according to the company.
All charging station providers involved welcomed the initiative. “FLO is particularly excited (…) and pleased to work with other organisations involved in this project and committed to exploring new opportunities to enable roaming between networks,” said Louis Tremblay, the company’s CEO.
Other support took a more robust form with NRCan providing $2.7 million to Canadian Tire for 54 fast-chargers under its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative. In 2016, they also offered $1.3 million to AddÉnergie for 28 fast-chargers at Canadian Tire locations.
The company runs more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets in North America.
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