Canadian Tire EV network to grow to 104 stations with federal investment
By Kavita Sabharwal-Chomiuk
The Canadian government is investing $2.7 million to build 54 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations across central and western Canada, in the hopes that ensuring people can access chargers where they live, work and spend time will increase the use of EVs.
This investment, made through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), adds to the nearly $1.3 million announced in 2016 for AddÉnergie to build 28 fast chargers at Canadian Tire locations, expanding the Canadian Tire EV network into one of Canada’s largest, with 104 stations nationally. The government of British Columbia is also contributing $275,000 towards the fast chargers through its Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program.
“Canadian Tire is a proud Canadian company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change throughout our operations,” said Andrew Davies, senior vice-president, automotive at Canadian Tire Corporation. “The network of EV fast chargers that we are creating with the support of partners like Natural Resources Canada is an example of how we are evolving to meet the needs of all drivers while helping our customers reduce their emissions.”
This investment is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million investment in developing a coast-to-coast fast charging EV network; to establish natural gas stations along key roads and highways and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres; and to support the development of new technologies. In addition, the federal government is offering consumers who purchase an EV a purchase incentive of up to $5,000, while businesses that purchase EVs will receive full tax write-offs.