9 entries categorized "EV and EV Charging"

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.


Building Canada’s Electric Highway: Charging Up in Siksika First Nation

This week we opened another stop on Canada’s Electric Highway™  - at Siksika First Nation in Alberta. These are the first EV fast chargers on a First Nation in Canada. Plus, these chargers complete the Alberta section of Canada’s Electric Highway. We’re making great progress on rolling out our chargers Canada-wide.

Siksika EV Launch
L to R: Pat Lazenby, Pat Pambianco, Shane Breaker, Corey White

At the opening in Siksika, we heard from several individuals connected to this project. First, Shane Breaker – General Manager, SRDL Operations, Siksika First Nation - welcomed everyone. Shane is looking forward to great things from this partnership between Siksika First Nation and Suncor, including serving more customers as they move to EVs. Then Pat Pambianco – Petro-Canada – discussed the role these chargers play as customers look for low carbon solutions for their transportation needs. And finally Pat Lazenby – Petro-Canada – discussed the features of the chargers. There is a Level 3 DC fast charger (200KW) with universal connectors on site. And there is also a Level 2 charger which meets some electric vehicles' needs today.

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

 

Following the opening, I had a chance to chat with Corey White, Manager - Siksika Petro-Canada; we talked about the chargers and his customers:

Have you received any feedback from the announcement of a coast-to-coast network?
The feedback so far has been quite positive! There has been a lot of hype about the new chargers and questions about how it operates and such. Soon EV owners will be able to travel Canada coast to coast and our store is excited to welcome a new wave of visitors to Siksika Nation!

Why do you think having EV chargers is important to your customer?
I believe it is important that we continue to provide quality services to all consumers including those who are eco-friendly and those considering purchasing Electric Vehicles in the future. Having the only Fast EV Charger in the area we are able to provide even more to consumers now and in the future. As the first to have an EV Fast Charger on a First-Nation in Canada, our chargers signify the relationship our peoples have with the environment and sustainability efforts.

Siksika EV Charger

What are your initial thoughts on the charger?
The chargers are a great addition to our location, the unit itself is unique in design and the large touch screen is a nice touch to the charger. Features such as text notification updates better improve our customers’ experience.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the inauguration of the Siksika First Nation site! We’ll keep you up to date as we open more sites along Canada’s Electric Highway!

~ Braden H.


Progress Continues on Canada’s Electric Highway

Since announcing the launch of Canada’s Electric HighwayTM in February, we’ve been making good progress on its construction. We’ve installed nine EV fast chargers at locations along the Trans-Canada Highway in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan with more than forty more planned for the remainder of 2019.

Canadian drivers’ needs are evolving. While you’ve always been able to drive from the Rockies to the Maritimes, now you’ll be able to do it in an electric vehicle.

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts for further updates about EV fast charge locations!

~ Braden H.


Suncor’s 2019 Report on Sustainability: Petro-Canada’s Contribution

A few weeks ago Suncor, proud owner of Petro-Canada, released its 2019 Report on Sustainability. This report details Suncor’s environmental, social, and economic performance, as well as, the company’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities of climate change, and the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Petro-Canada plays a key role in three areas:

  1. Renewable Technologies
  2. Partnering with Indigenous Businesses
  3. Community Investment

Renewable Technologies
Petro-Canada is contributing towards a low-carbon future through the creation of Canada’s Electric Highway™, our EV fast charge network. More than 50 EV stations will be located along the Trans-Canada highway at strategically located Petro-Canada stations from Nova Scotia to British Columbia; these sites will offer DC fast chargers which support a broad selection of vehicles and can provide up to a 200 kilowatt charge – enough to provide an 80% charge to most EVs in less than 30 minutes.

Partnering with Indigenous Businesses
Petro-Canada began partnering with First Nation business owners in 1997. In 2018, four new retail sites opened, bringing the number of Petro-Canada branded retail sites owned and operated by First Nations across Canada to more than 30. One new wholesale site was also opened, for a total of nine First Nation owned or leased wholesale sites. If you missed it, you can check out an interview we did with Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir, the Tk’emlups chief, where one of our most successful First Nations owned and operated sites is located.

Community Investment
Petro-Canada is a long-time supporter of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. Through our Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) Program, we support promising athletes and their coaches from across Canada on their journeys to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since 1988, we have given $11 million in financial support to 3,000+ Canadian athletes and coaches. We also support Canadian athletes by helping their families get to see them compete. We continue to support a Canadian ticketing program that will help ensure family members have the opportunity to see their athletes compete in person at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

You can read the full 2019 Report on Sustainability to learn about these initiatives as well as Suncor’s progress on additional environmental and social goals.

- Rose R.