With the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) growing at a rapid rate throughout Canada, there’s also a growing demand for electric chargers. After all, having way more EVs driving on the road means that there will need to be more EV chargers available for drivers. The last thing anyone wants is for their car to die out in the middle of nowhere.

Petro-Canada and Electrify Canada- owned by Volkswagen- are currently in the process of building out more EV charging networks.

This is set to take place throughout the year, with the help of provincial utilities and similar adopters. Petro-Canada has revealed that they’re going to build 50 EV charging networks across the Trans-Canada Highway, as well as parts of Northern Ontario and the Prairies.

Meanwhile the latter, Electrify Canada, claims that they’ll have 32 EV charging stations available for consumer usage by the end of the quarter.

These stations are going to be built at the Calgary-Vancouver and Québec City-Windsor corridors. Their chargers are capable of carrying 350 kilowatts- a charge that can add 200 kilometres of range in just eight minutes.

These announcements are respectively large and important, especially to those who own an EV in Canada. But they’re far from the only ones. Ateco- an Alberta-based company- had announced back in February that they were going to build about 20 charging networks south of the province by the end of 2019. Such chargers currently live in both Glacier and Yoho National Parks. Popular American EV company Tesla has already started building their own EV charging network, with both chargers and vehicles that support 350 kilowatts of power. These are much smaller than the previously mentioned initiatives, but there’s still important to mention.

Building all of these EV charging networks ensures that those who own an EV are less likely to be without a place to charge their vehicles. These chargers support a capacity of 50 kilowatts, and can charge 320 kilometres of an EV’s range in about an hour. This is far and away faster than the overnight charging of a 6.6 kilowatt level two charger- a charger that most any EV owner can have installed at their own home. This makes these specific EV chargers more powerful and more reliable.

The idea behind installing more EV chargers isn’t just to make the lives of their owners easier. It’s to also help encourage potential consumers from buying one. The psychology behind this is that a potential consumer will realize that the fear of being unable to keep their EV properly charged is unfounded. Not just because of the growth of Canada’s EV charging network, but also the current size of the charging network. There’s already over 500 fast chargers across Canada from over 400 level two and level three charging sites. These sites can be found in behind buildings, near garages, and in parking lots, just to name a few locations.

If you don’t own an EV- or simply don’t care about them- then this move may be seen as a surprise.

But the effort of increasing Canada’s EV charging network is not a surprise for the federal government. The Liberal government had previously committed about $130 million for five years to build chargers and grow charging networks in underprivileged areas of the country. There’s speculation that they’re going to receive some flack from companies for the EV charging network growing. This is due to the high price, increased strain, and reduced battery life from an overheated charger. There’s almost a struggle to find and maintain a balance of power density and energy density.

It’s clear that it’s going to take several years for Canada’s EV charging network to grow to as big as many wish it could be now. It’s also going to be a lot of work to try and keep consumers and companies both happy with their respective wants and needs regarding the matter.

But with the right people dedicated to making it happen, there’s no doubt that Canada will be growing their EV charging network at an alarming rate.

Source: CTV News

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