Electrify Canada has officially broken ground at Toronto Premium Outlets on its first charging station, paving the way for the company to create a nationwide network of ultra-fast chargers to enable Canadians to charge forward with electric vehicles (EV).
The launch of the charging stations is the first initiative from Electrify Canada, an entity created with the support of Volkswagen Group Canada. Toronto Premium Outlets, a shopping destination co-owned by Simon and SmartCentres is the first site host for Electrify Canada’s revolutionary DC 350kW Fast Chargers and expected to open to the public soon. Electrify Canada will be announcing an additional 31 locations planned across Canada at a later date.
“Volkswagen Group Canada is proud to be a supporting player in the initiative to bring electric mobility to Canadians,” said Lorie-Ann Roxburgh, acting President and CEO, Volkswagen Group Canada, Inc. “Convenience, availability and ease of use for EV drivers are our top priorities in pushing the industry forward. The millions of shoppers Toronto Premium Outlets attracts each year and the variety of existing amenities makes it the perfect choice for our first location.”
“Having been one of the first retail property owners to offer customer EV charging stations, we understand the importance of this infrastructure to facilitate the transition towards smart sustainable cities and advancing Simon’s corporate sustainability ambitions,” said Mona Benisi, Simon’s Vice President of Corporate Sustainability.
With Electrify Canada’s focus on future and present-day electric vehicles, all EVs compatible with CSS or CHAdeMO charging inlets will experience ultra-fast charging stations with the latest charging technology available. Drivers visiting Toronto Premium Outlets will have access to the first-ever certified cooled-cable 150 to 350-kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Chargers. Depending on a number of factors, especially the capabilities of the vehicle, charging speeds could reach from 4 to 30 kilometres (km) of range for every minute of charging.
“EV owners need a convenient, reliable and fast turnaround in recharging their vehicles,” said Robert Barrosa, Chief Operating Officer of Electrify Canada. “Our collaboration with Toronto Premium Outlets will help us provide Canadians with power at a central location just outside of the GTA, and identify more opportunities to address consumer demands on speed and convenience. This is the first step to creating an EV charging network that both delivers on the demands from drivers across the country and support the rapid growth expected in the EV category.”
The chargers will have an all new intuitive and informative 15-inch touch screen display, as well as a credit card reader for universal driver access. For even greater convenience, Electrify Canada will be launching an app that allows users to manage the charging session from their mobile phone. Features will include a station locator, payment, prompting a charge and the ability to track the session. Functionally and aesthetically, the chargers are up to eight feet high to provide easier vehicle charge port access without complex, maintenance-prone mechanical cable management systems, while the height increases charger visibility.
The design and capabilities of Electrify Canada’s EV chargers signals the company’s transformational leadership. The 150kW to 350kW range charge dispenser will service the longer range, larger battery vehicles coming to market and will also deliver 50kW charging power to support today’s EVs from all automotive manufacturers.