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3 entries from December 2019

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from PumpTalk

I can’t believe we’re already at the end of another year, let alone at the end of another decade. This is our last post of 2019. We’ll be taking a break and see you back here in early January.

But before we all disappear for the holiday season, we’d just like to say a couple of “thank yous” …

To our readers and commenters…thank you for making PumpTalk part of your week.

To the hundreds of Petro-Canada employees and associates who are working during the holidays to make sure that Canadians can get to what matters most to them. THANK YOU!

Across Canada, our stations are often one of the few places open over the holidays. So if you need a warming cup of coffee on a long drive or a last-minute stocking stuffer (gift cards or instant lottery are good choices), please stop in.

Wishing you and yours a relaxing holiday season and a peaceful New Year!

Road with Northern Lights


Building Canada’s Electric Highway: Completing Our Coast-To-Coast Network

This week we opened the westernmost stop on Canada’s Electric Highway™  - at 5498 Patricia Bay Highway, Victoria, BC – completing our coast-to-coast network of EV fast chargers. Sites located in small towns and big cities from the Rockies to the Maritimes are now available.

Victoria EV Launch
L to R: Patrick Ritchie, General Manager, Strategy, Downstream, Suncor; Mark Little, President & CEO, Suncor; Wilf Steimle, Chair & President, EV Society; Fred Haynes, Mayor of Saanich, BC

At the opening in Victoria, we heard from several individuals connected to this project.

First, Mark Little, President & CEO, Suncor shared Suncor’s new purpose – to provide trusted energy that enhances people’s lives while caring for each other and the earth.  And how this coast-to-coast network supports Suncor’s goal of being a sustainable energy provider.

Next, Fred Haynes, Mayor of Saanich, BC discussed the historic nature of the occasion; how it is an example of the great vision and political will of both Petro-Canada and Canada’s EV societies; and how these EV fast chargers will contribute to Saanich’s goal of being zero emissions by 2030.

And finally Wilf Steimle, Chair & President, Electric Vehicle Society commented on how Canada’s Electric Highway™ is possibly the longest, non-proprietary fast charging network in the world. And for the first time, Canadians can travel as quickly and conveniently across the country in an electric vehicle as they can in a traditional car.

Below is the video where you can view the opening ceremony and the full remarks.

Canada’s Electric Highway™ covers 6300 km. The maximum distance between charging stations is 250 km, and on average it is 150 km between stations. Each site features DC fast chargers with both CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE connectors, which support a broad selection of vehicles. The chargers can provide up to a 200 kilowatt charge – enough to provide an 80 per cent charge to most EVs in less than 30 minutes. The units are also capable of 350 kilowatt charging with future upgrades.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the inauguration of our westernmost site in Victoria!

~ Braden H.


Understanding the Canadian Perspective on Electric Vehicles

Did you know that in Norway, in the first half of 2019, over half the new vehicles sold were electric? Compare that to Canada where EVs are only 3.2% of new vehicles sold. So the question is why is this the case? From dwindling government incentives to range anxiety (something we are trying to address with Canada's Electric HighwayTM), Canadians have a lot of questions before committing to an EV.

The following video from Global News is a great overview of the issues and objections that Canadians raise when considering the purchase of an electric vehicle.

 

What is your biggest barrier to purchasing an electric vehicle? Take our poll below:

 

Any other thoughts on EV adoption in Canada? Let us know in the comments below!

~ Braden H.