Electrify Canada to triple charging locations by 2025 as it expands to nine provinces
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Jul 14, 2021
James Paul

The commitment will expand Electrify Canada’s network to over 100 locations offering 500 chargers including many in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Electrify Canada has announced plans to increase its network to 100 locations with 500 chargers by the end of 2025. Source: Electrify Canada

The commitment will expand Electrify Canada’s network to over 100 locations offering 500 chargers including many in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Electrify Canada is announcing the addition of 68 charging stations to its Canadian network over the next four and a half years. The brand will operate in more than 100 different locations for a total of 500 chargers across the country. The station locations will continue to be selected strategically in major city centres, along major highways and routes, and close to popular amenities.

The new stations include the company’s first deployments in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Additional stations will be added to existing networks in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

“We have decided to double our current charging infrastructure in North America over the next four years to help meet the need for the rapid growth expected of electric vehicles by virtually all the auto manufacturers, and to help make EV adoption more accessible and attractive than ever,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify Canada’s partner organization, Electrify America, in a press release.

“We are making this commitment to support the plans by major automakers and the U.S. and Canadian governments to help the transformation to an electric mobility transportation system.”

Once the new fast charging stations are installed by 2025, EV owners will be able to travel from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia along the Electrify Canada route. Electrify Canada’s chargers are open to all vehicle types.

When asked by Electric Autonomy Canada how the locations were decided, a spokesperson for Electrify Canada said, “our priority is to provide EV drivers with fast, convenient charging where they need it most so along major routes, with nearby amenities like shopping and restaurants.”

Charging time

Electrify Canada is Canada’s third proprietary coast-to-coast charging network. Tesla and Petro-Canada, too, offer east-to-west charging locations.

Electrify Canada’s increased station offerings will provide EV drivers with more options on their road trips and daily errands. But what can drivers expect from Electrify’s stations in terms of charging time?

“Time to charge is largely dependent upon the capability of the EV vehicle’s battery,” said the spokesperson. “At all Electrify Canada stations, we offer 150 kW and 350 kW charging speeds, the fastest public charging available today. Charging time could range between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the EV.” 

More locations with fast charging times are key pillars of a successful public charging network and with agnostic connectors that fit all EVs Electrify Canada satisfies lingering “range anxiety” of commuters.

“As more EV charging stations become available – especially those with fast-charging capabilities – people will see how convenient driving an EV can be and adoption will increase,” said the Electrify Canada spokesperson. “The reality is, home charging is the most utilized form of charging an EV, however, that’s not available to everyone including most condo dwellers. Fast charging stations like Electrify Canada can serve as a weekly top-up similar to a gas-powered vehicle.”

Infrastructure growth

With more charging stations and faster charging times, Electrify Canada is providing significant EV infrastructure. These moves should help reduce hesitancy for those in search of a new vehicle and are worried about not only about finding charging stations, but how long they have to wait for their vehicle to charge.

As Canada’s EV infrastructure grows, so does the country’s chances of meeting the 2035 national goal of all new vehicles sold being zero emission.

“By the end of 2025 we will have over 100 charging locations across Canada,” said the spokesperson. “We’re connecting the east and west coast with Electrify Canada stations from Halifax to Victoria, to make road trips and daily driving even easier.”

Electrify Canada map of expanded locations
A map of Electrify Canada’s intended expansion of EV charging locations. Locations are for illustrative purposes only
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