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VW Group Canada Forms ‘Electrify Canada' to Install Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Chargers

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【Summary】Volkswagen Group Canada announced the formation of Electrify Canada, a new company that will build an ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) direct current (DC) charging network across Canada. The EV chargers will be operational by the second quarter of 2019.

Eric Walz    Jul 20, 2018 2:11 PM PT
VW Group Canada Forms ‘Electrify Canada' to Install Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Chargers

Volkswagen Group Canada announced the formation of Electrify Canada, a new company that will build an ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) direct current (DC) charging network across Canada. The EV chargers will be operational by the second quarter of 2019.

Electrify Canada is an extension of Volkswagen's Electrify America, created as catalyst to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in retribution for the 2015 ‘dieselgate scandal' where VW admitted it tampered with diesel vehicle software in order to bypass stringent emissions requirements.

Earlier this year, Electrify America announced plans to construct the largest EV charging network in the U.S., eventually exceeding the size of Telsa's planned Supercharger network.

"The Canadian electric vehicle market is growing, creating a great need for charging that is fast, convenient and available in key locations," said Daniel Weissland, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group Canada, Inc. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this service and to take a leadership position in providing this key EV adoption enabler to the Canadian market."

The initial plan includes the installation of 32 EV charging stations near major highways and in major metro areas including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Each charging site will have four chargers on average and use the non-proprietary DC fast charging technologies (CCS and CHAdeMO).

CHAdeMO is the trade name of a quick charging method for electric vehicles delivering up to 62.5 kW of high-voltage direct current via a special electrical connector. It is proposed as a global industry standard for electric vehicles. It was defined by the CHAdeMO Association, which aims to increase quick-charger installations worldwide and to standardize EV charging.

Electrify Canada's EV charging power will range from 150kW to 350kW, offering rapid charging. The higher 350kW is suitable for longer range, larger battery vehicles that are expected to come to market over the next several years.

Electrify Canada will manage the rollout and ongoing operation of the network. The company will engage with local vendors to locate, build and operate the network providing Canadian drivers with a comprehensive, technologically advanced, and easy to use charging network.

Electrify Canada will support all automotive brands in order to help ensure that all EV drivers have access to these new chargers, regardless of which brand of EV they drive. In addition, the charging compatibility for many makes and models will encourage drivers to adopt electric vehicles.

Navigant Research forecasts that Canadian electric vehicle sales will grow at a compounded annual rate of 29 percent–reaching 140,000 vehicles per year in 2026.

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