Alberta energy provider ATCO is teaming up with Quebec electric vehicle (EV) charging provider FLO and Canadian Tire to install three fast-charging EV stations in the Calgary-Edmonton corridor.
Chargers are being installed at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Calgary, Red Deer and greater Edmonton and are scheduled to be operational in early 2018. The sites are conveniently located close to Highway 2 exits and near amenities like rest areas, shops or restaurants. The locations are
- Greater Edmonton: 169 Ordze Ave., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2G4, Canada
- Red Deer: 5908 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4C3, Canada
- Calgary: 9940 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 3K9, Canada
Each location will be powered by ATCOenergy and equipped with a Level 3 fast-charging station and a dual Level 2 charging station to accommodate all types of electric vehicles. The charging stations will be connected to the FLO network, Canada’s largest EV charging network with more than 4,000 charging stations from coast to coast. There are about 1,000 electric and hybrid cars in Alberta, ranking the province fourth in EV ownership behind Ontario, Quebec and B.C.
“Our energy landscape is changing, which is why we are investing in infrastructure that empowers our customers to take full advantage of these exciting emerging technologies,” said Wayne Stensby, Managing Director, Electricity for ATCO. “Not only did our people lend their local expertise in connecting these cutting-edge charging stations to the grid, but ATCO’s retail energy business is providing the cost-effective, reliable electricity needed to give our customers peace of mind as they commute between Alberta’s three largest cities.”
“The availability of reliable charging infrastructure is a key factor in driving electric vehicle adoption,” said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO of FLO. “Although the EV market is still small in Alberta, the development of a charging network is a strong catalyst to support electric mobility, by making short and long-distance travel easier and reducing range anxiety.”
The deployment is made possible in part by Natural Resources Canada’s $62.5-millionElectric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative to fund new fast-charging infrastructure for EV charging stations along key transportation corridors in Canada.
“Our government continues to support initiatives that will help build a clean economy, create well-paying jobs and achieve our climate change goals,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “These electric vehicle charging stations will give Alberta drivers cleaner options in the transportation sector and help pave the way for a low carbon future.”