11 entries categorized "EV and EV Charging"

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.


Building Canada’s Electric Highway: Charging Up in Stewiacke, NS

Last week, we opened the first of over 50 sites that will make up Canada’s Electric Highway™ in Stewiacke, NS. This site is one of two sites being built in Nova Scotia; the other will be in Halifax. We were pleased to host several special guests, including Mayor Wendy Robinson and MP Bill Casey along with several electric vehicle owners and members of Next Ride.

Guests at Stewiacke, NS EV Charger Opening

Mayor Robinson spoke about how she was pleased that Petro-Canada has chosen Stewiacke to kick off Canada’s Electric Highway. She and the town council have been looking for ways to help Stewiacke and its residents become more sustainable, and is happy to see Petro-Canada providing leadership in this area.

MP Bill Casey addressed the importance for Canada to move forward in tangible ways to a low carbon future – supporting electric vehicles is one of those ways. The federal government was proud to support and contribute towards this initiative.

Below is a video of the launch of the site where you can view the full remarks from our guests.

And below are some photos of the event.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the event! We’ll keep you up to date as we open more sites along Canada’s Electric Highway!

- Braden H.


Electric Vehicle Charging Sparks Opportunities for More Than Drivers

It’s been a few months since we announced the completion of our first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The EV fast chargers at our Milton, ON stations are the first in a coast-to-coast network of more than 50 stations being built this year.

Petro-Canada EV Charger in Milton

These chargers offer opportunities for more than Canadian drivers. The owners and operators of the stations where the EV chargers are being installed are keen to get on board. We spoke with Mathi Valautham, the operator of the Milton station:

I was so excited when I heard that our station had been selected to have the network’s first EV fast chargers. When we first launched, we initially had four to five customers a day, but those numbers have quickly begun to multiply. It’s been a learning process for me because it’s a completely new offering for my customers, but I am eager to learn more about electric vehicles and charging because I believe this will be a part of Canada’s mobility future.

You can hear more from Mathi, as well as from the project lead and one of our technology experts, in the video below.

Have you tried out the EV charger in Milton? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!

- Braden H.


The AJAC’s EcoRun Comes to Alberta

Summer vacation is imminent. Which means the arrival of the annual summer visit from my mother-in-law is also imminent. I’ve been looking for fun places for us to visit. We’ve done trips to Kelowna and Victoria, but it may be time to go further afoot. Time to visit Alberta.

2019 AJAC EcoRun

Coincidentally, it’s also time for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada’s annual EcoRun. And this year, it’s headed to Alberta! I was checking out their route and they are visiting some great places:

The AJAC’s annual EcoRun shows off a variety of eco-friendly vehicles, which include pure electrics, plug-in and conventional hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, diesel-fuelled powertrains and highly-efficient gasoline options. They select a different area of the country each year to test out a number of vehicles. Last year they were in New Brunswick. This year’s run through Alberta includes twenty different eco-friendly vehicles; you can check out the full list on their site.

This year’s route through Alberta is 920 KM. In addition to testing out a variety of vehicles, participating journalists will also be competing to win the Green Jersey – awarded to the driver with the best overall eco-driving record on the EcoRun. The journalists also gather real-world driving and fuel economy stats on these eco-friendly vehicles that they then share with consumers through their media outlets. If you’re not familiar with the EcoRun, check out the AJAC’s video after last year’s EcoRun in New Brunswick.

This year, Petro-Canada is proud to be a sponsor of AJAC’s EcoRun and we’re looking forward to greeting the EcoRunners at our Canmore station and chatting about our new EV fast charging stations. Plus, some of our team will be following the run. You can check out our Instagram for some pics from the road.

- Rose R.