Electric vehicle charging stations coming to 25 Ontario Canadian Tire locations
The entrance to a Canadian Tire store is photographed. (THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 5, 2016 12:49PM EST
Last Updated Monday, December 5, 2016 2:16PM EST
TORONTO -- Electric vehicle charging stations are being added to 25 Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Ontario, a first for the company.
AddEnergie Technologies says the stations, which start rolling out early next year, join the 2,500 stations along its FLO Canadian charging network.
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who participated in Monday's announcement in Toronto, says the federal government will be contributing nearly half of the $1.8 million investment through a loan.
The funding is part of the government's commitment to provide $62.5 million for fast-charging stations for electric vehicles as well as natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations along key transportation corridors.
The charging stations will be added to some of the province's busiest highways, particularly Highway 401, and accommodate all electric vehicles.
They will be equipped with direct-current fast chargers that can replenish 80 per cent of a vehicle's capacity in up to 30 minutes and dual Level 2 curbside chargers that take three to four hours.
The rapid charging costs $20 per hour, with per minute billing, while the standard charging costs $1.50 per hour.
Canada's FLO charging network currently includes 70 fast-charging stations. About 65 per cent of the network is located in Quebec, 20 per cent in B.C., 10 per cent in Ontario and five per cent in the Maritimes.