Parkland Corporation will double the size of its ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging network in Western Canada – from 25 ON the RUN chargers to 50 – and is keeping its foot on the pedal for its Canada-wide expansion plans.
The company expects to largely complete its initial 25 charging locations by the end of 2022, and the remaining 25 locations by early 2024.
“The topic of electrification was something that was on our radar screen. But for a while, we weren't quite sure how big of an impact it was going to have, how quickly it was going to come. Then we started to notice an uptick in EV adoption in B.C.” said Scott Sharabura, Parkland’s vice president of EV charging. "It just so happens that we have not only the largest network of retail fuel sites in B.C., but I think also some of the nicest."
“We do have sites that have good convenience stores, sites that have great restaurants and goods. They're relatively good places to spend 20 to 30 minutes. So we said, look, there's a potential opportunity here.”
Since its 2017 purchase of Chevron Canada, Parkland has grown its retail fuelling property network to approximately 2,100 locations.
Strategically located across the company's existing Chevron and ON the RUN retail portfolio between Vancouver Island and Calgary, Parkland's network will nearly triple Metro Vancouver's publicly available ultra-fast EV charging locations.
The network has been partially funded by a $5 million grant through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, while the B.C. provincial government provided over $1.8 million.
The fast-charging network will stretch from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and into Alberta. The chargers are capable of up to 200 KW and can charge most EV models in 20 to 30 minutes. Each location will have two or four charging ports.
Sharabura told SustainableBiz Quebec and Ontario are next in line for expansions of Parkland’s EV charging network because of the size of the markets and the rate of EV adoption.