Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) – a company that includes 1700 retail and petrol station outlets across Canada – has announced that 90 of its retail locations will host electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations by the end of 2020. The stations will make CTC one of the largest retail networks of EV fast charging stations in Canada. Working together with North American charging network FLO, Electrify Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and Tesla, a total of 240 fast chargers and 55 Level 2 chargers will be installed at Canadian Tire locations.
“Automotive is a heritage business for Canadian Tire and we have always evolved to meet the needs of drivers. With our premium real estate assets, we are able to provide convenient locations across the nation to service the growing number of EV vehicles in Canada,” said Andrew Davies, Senior Vice President, Automotive, Canadian Tire Retail.
The popularity of electric vehicles in Canada is, the company says, on the rise. According to Electric Mobility Canada, record numbers of Canadian drivers continued to adopt electric vehicles in the third quarter of 2019, with sales increasing 25 per cent year-over-year. CTC’s retail offerings include tyres, wipers, and brake products for 90 per cent of electric and hybrid vehicles registered in Canada.
“Canadian Tire is a proud Canadian company committed to addressing the challenges of climate change throughout our operations, including by offering a wide assortment of energy saving products. The network of EV fast chargers that we are creating, with the support of partners like FLO, Electrify Canada and Tesla, is another example of how we are helping customers reduce their environmental footprints,” said Robyn Collver, Chief Climate Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation.