Canadian electric vehicle charging solutions company, AddÉnergie has secured what it says is “substantial” financial support from the country’s Department of Natural Resources to deploy 25 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations across Ontario as part of the expansion of its FLO charging network.
“The support from Natural Resources Canada accelerates our efforts to deliver smart, reliable and safe charging solutions for EV drivers wherever they are – whether it’s at home, at work or on the go,” said AddÉnergie president and CEO, Louis Tremblay.
“This partnership with Canadian Tire combines the strength of two category leaders to expand and accelerate the electrification of transportation across the country.”
The announcement was made at a Gas+ station in Etobicoke, where Tremblay was joined by Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, along with President of Canadian Tire’s Petroleum Division, president, Bruce Allen.
The C$1.8m (US$1.4m) programme is funded by AddÉnergie, along with a repayable contribution of C$837,500 by Natural Resources Canada through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
The financing is part of a C$62.5m Federal commitment made in Budget 2016 to fund new fast-charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Canada, as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors.
The stations will be connected to the FLO charging network, operated by AddÉnergie in several Canadian provinces. FLO provides EV drivers with more than 2,500 charging stations, coast to coast.
All stations linked to the FLO network are connected and monitored remotely by the AddÉnergie national operations centre. Free membership in the FLO community also offers the convenience of a mobile app which allows EV drivers to locate available stations and pay for charging sessions.
The charging stations will be installed along some of Ontario’s busiest highways to facilitate EV travel in and between cities. Each location will be equipped with a direct-current fast charger (DCFC) and a dual Level 2 kerbside charging station to accommodate all types of electric vehicles.
DCFCs are designed to charge up to 80% of an EV’s capacity in 20-30min, depending on the model. They are compatible with vehicles equipped with CHAdeMO or SAE Combo charging ports, such as the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, BMW i3 or Tesla Model S (adapter required).
Dual Level 2 kerbside charging stations will charge most electric vehicles to their full capacity in 3-4 hours and are compatible with all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars. Capable of charging 2 EVs simultaneously, they are equipped with an automatic cable retrieval system to retract cables after each use.
“Manufactured in Canada and designed to stand up to the harshest weather conditions, the quality of our stations is unmatched in the industry,” added Tremblay, who noted the company already operates more than 70 fast-charging stations across Canada.
The charging stations for the project are designed and developed by AddÉnergie at its facilities in Québec City, and will be manufactured at its plant in Shawinigan, Québec.
Founded in Québec City in 2009, AddÉnergie is supported by partners, including Rio Tinto, the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec and Investissement Québec.
The company supplies and operates FLO, Canada’s largest charging network, and Electric Circuit, the biggest public charging network in Québec.
All of its products are designed and developed at its Québec City headquarters and manufactured at its plant in Shawinigan, Québec
The company also has offices in Montréal and in Mississauga, Ontario.