The Canadian Government has announced a $2.7-million investment to build 54 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations across central and western Canada.
This investment, made through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), builds on the nearly $1.3 million announced in 2016 for AddÉnergie to build 28 fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations.
“We are investing in zero emission infrastructure so Canadians can more easily make the choice to drive and purchase clean vehicles. More electric vehicles on our streets and highways make our communities healthier, reduce pollution and help create good, middle-class jobs,” said Han Dong, Member of Parliament for Don Valley North.
The Government of British Columbia will contribute $275,000 toward the fast chargers through its Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program.
This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast charging network for EVs; to establish natural gas stations along key roads and highways and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres; and to support the development of new technologies.
It will also enable the development of bi-national codes and standards with the U.S. to ensure the alignment of EV and alternative fuel infrastructure.
“Our CleanBC plan is making it more affordable for British Columbians to Go Electric with their cars. These new fast chargers help make clean transportation more accessible by expanding one of Canada’s largest charging networks,” said Michelle Mungall B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
The Government of Canada additionally plans to invest over $300 million in low- and zero-emission infrastructure so Canadians can make the choice to drive and purchase clean vehicles.
Natural Resources Canada states that the Government of Canada is making owning a zero-emission vehicle easier and more affordable for Canadians by offering a purchase incentive of up to $5,000 and full tax write-offs for businesses.