FLO and METRO to Install 500 EV Fast Charging Ports at 130 Grocery Stores in Quebec and Ontario

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers in Quebec and Ontario are set to enjoy a significant boost in charging convenience thanks to a new partnership between FLO and METRO Inc.

The partnership aims to install 500 EV fast charging ports at 130 grocery stores across both provinces.

According to the two companies, the initiative, slated to begin in August 2024, will see the deployment of fast charging stations at popular grocery store chains, including Metro, Super C, Food Basics, and Marché Adonis. This effort aims to seamlessly integrate the EV charging experience into the everyday routines of drivers, making it as routine as grocery shopping.

The rollout of these charging stations is backed by FLO’s partnership with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), which has committed $235 million to the project. This investment is part of a broader initiative to bring over 1,900 public fast charging ports online across Canada by 2027.

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The new charging stations will feature FLO’s advanced dual port Ultra-fast charger, which offers up to 320 kW of power. This charger can bring most new EVs to 80% charge in just 15 minutes, significantly reducing the time drivers spend waiting for their vehicles to charge.

When paired with a second FLO Ultra charger, the system can deliver up to 500 kW, enhancing flexibility and ease of use for various EV models.

FLO President and CEO Louis Tremblay emphasized the importance of this initiative in achieving Canada’s environmental goals. “This partnership is about integrating the best EV charging experience into daily life and making it as routine as grocery shopping. Making public charging options widely available is key for Canada to achieve its environmental goals and transition to an emission-free transportation sector,” Tremblay said.

METRO Inc. Vice President of Real Estate and Engineering, Michel Avigliano, echoed this sentiment, highlighting the company’s dedication to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By offering fast charging options at grocery stores, METRO aims to lower indirect emissions linked to customer transportation, thereby contributing to a more sustainable, low-carbon economy.

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