By November 29, 2017 Read More →

Alberta’s first electric vehicle charging corridor created by ATCO and partner

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Level 3 fast-charging, dual Level 2 charging stations being installed at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton

ATCO Group and FLO announced a partnership to bring the first Electric Vehicle Universal Fast Charge Corridor to Alberta, according to a press release. The initiative also collaborates with Canadian Tire and Natural Resources Canada.

Alberta has around 1,000 registered battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, making Alberta the fourth largest EV fleet among Canadian provinces after Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

The availability of reliable charging infrastructure is a key factor in electric vehicle adoption, according to ATCO, adding that while the EV market is relatively small in Alberta, it is expected to grow in the coming years in line with global trends.

“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.electric semi-truck

The development of a charging network is a strong catalyst for electric mobility, making short- and long-distance travel easier, while reducing range anxiety.

Chargers are currently being installed at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Calgary, Red Deer and greater Edmonton.

“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 company said in its release.

The chargers will be operational in early 2018. The sites are located close to Highway 2 exits and near amenities like rest areas, shops or restaurants.

  • 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.

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