By Anthony Capkun
February 13, 2013 – Electric vehicle owners in Oakville, Ont., are now able to charge their cars while enjoying a Tim Hortons coffee, as the restaurant chain installed its first EV charging stations as part of a new pilot project.
Charging stations are now available for guest use (as well as employees at head office) free of charge at 228 Wyecroft Road. The company will study the technology, its usage and opportunities.
“The electric vehicle infrastructure is in its infancy and we see a potential opportunity for Tim Hortons to help make a true difference by expanding that infrastructure in Canada,” said Paulo Ferreira, senior director, International Design & Building Standards, Tim Hortons. “At this stage, the goal for us is to explore and understand the technology, to see how it can work at our restaurants and how we can, in turn, support our guests who choose to go electric.”
Tim Hortons partnered with Oakville Hydro and Town of Oakville to launch the pilot project.
“Electric vehicles can potentially have an impact on distribution systems across Ontario,” said Rob Lister, president and CEO of Oakville Hydro Corp. “As part of our smart grid initiatives, this pilot project will allow us to gain insight into how our distribution system responds and reacts to the addition of electric vehicles.”
Tim Hortons continues discussions with additional municipalities in an attempt to expand the pilot before deciding on the future possibility of EV charging stations across the company’s 3300+ restaurants across Canada.
The company will also make provisions to run electrical wires to future charging stations through conduits in parking lots at all newly-built Canadian restaurants going forward, to simplify the installation process. Ford Motor Company of Canada provided Tim Hortons with the C-MAX Energi Plug-in Hybrid for testing purposes.
PHOTO: A Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid charges at Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ont., after Tim’s launched its new EV charging station pilot.