Electrify Canada, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Canada opened the first of 32 planned fast-charging stations that can charge up to 320 kilometres of range of a vehicle’s battery in 10 minutes. The station is located at an outlet mall 50km west of Toronto.
The move is a step by Electrify Canada towards building out EV charging infrastructure to make EV’s a viable option for buyers.
The station includes four charging stands that use cooled-cable technology to enable fast charging, with room to build more if demand necessitates it. The station can charge vehicles at up to 350 kilowatts, allowing vehicles to get about 32 km of range back in one minute. However, there are not any vehicles on Canadian roadways that have the 800-volt batteries necessary to charge at that level. Volkswagen, though, said the Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT will be equipped with 800-volt batteries.
Electrify Canada plans to open 31 other stations over the next year or so. Currently, Electrify Canada is focused on building stations off highway routes to enable long-distance electric driving. The stations will be built from Vancouver to Calgary in western Canada and from Windsor to Quebec City in the east. Long-term, the company also plans to build more fast chargers within cities to allow for fast charging for EV drivers who do not have home charging units.