Canada kickstarts $13.6m project to expand EV charging stations


Under the partnership, the Canadian government through Natural Resources Canada will provide $6.2 million in funding toward the construction of some 34 electric vehicle fast charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Natural Resources Canada is the ministry responsible for natural resources including energy, minerals and the forests in Canada.

The ministry will source the funding from the Canadian Energy Innovation Programme which the government allocated $25 million in 2016 to improve research, development and adoption of clean energy technologies over a period of two years.

The Energy Innovation Programme focuses on smart grids, renewable energy and energy storage technologies to help Canada secure energy supply and reduce carbon emissions.

The transportation sector contributes one-quarter of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions, says a statement.

In total, the construction of the 34 electric vehicle fast charging stations will cost $13.6 million and will be supported by funding from eCamion and Leclanche.

The programme is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019 to improve the adoption and use of electric vehicles in Canada.

Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said: “With more electric vehicles becoming available, we want to make them an easy choice for Canadians. This strategic investment brings us closer to having a national coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations while growing our economy and creating good jobs for Canada’s middle-class.”

In addition, the project will also contribute towards Canada increasing its renewable energy portfolio and reduce carbon emissions by over 0.7 tons within the first five years the 34 EV charging stations are in operation.

Electric vehicle fast charging

Under the programme, Fast Charge, a joint venture of Leclanche and eCamion, is developing and will install the level 3 electric vehicle fast charging stations. The system is being developed and trialled though to this December. In 2018, Fast Charge will start installing the 34 electric vehicle fast charging stations along the 3,000 km Trans-Canada Highway road.

The charging system will be integrated with energy storage to store electricity from the grid and from renewable energy resources to fully charge three electric vehicles within 20 minutes.

Bryan Urban, executive vice president of Leclanché North America and president of FAST Charge, commented: “Our system will recharge the battery storage units during off-peak times at considerable cost-savings and reduction in stress to the grid.

“Vehicles will be able to power up during peak hours using off-peak energy and continue on their journey in a relatively similar amount of time it would take to fuel a fossil-fuel vehicle, grab a snack and visit a bathroom.”

The initiative is aimed at addressing the primary barriers to an increase in global adoption of EVs including shortages of EV charging infrastructure and the time required for an electric vehicle to charge to full capacity. Level 2 charging is capable of charging an electric vehicle to full charge over six to eight hours.

“This is perhaps the largest infrastructure project for electric vehicles to be deployed at one time anywhere in the world,” said Elad Barak, VP business development of eCAMION. Read more…


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