Parkland Corp has announced it plans to double the size of the electric vehicle charging network it is currently building out in Western Canada.
The company, which is a supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator, announced last year plans to install ultra-fast charging stations at 25 of their existing Chevron gas stations and ON the RUN retail locations.
On Friday Parkland said they will now double that number to 50 fast charging stations after receiving a $5 million grant from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program and $1.8 million from the Government of British Columbia.
All stations will be located on highways and in major destinations across Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and into Alberta.
“British Columbia leads the way in North American EV adoption, making the province a natural starting point for our ultra-fast charging network. With support from NRCan and the Government of British Columbia, we are doubling the size of our previously announced ultra-fast network, from 25 to 50 locations. Our network will help eliminate range anxiety for EV drivers and by offering high-quality convenience and food choices, we aim to deliver industry leading customer amenities and experiences,” said Darren Smart, Parkland’s Senior Vice-President of Energy Transition and Corporate Development.
Parkland says they expect to “largely complete” their initial 25 charging locations by the end of 2022, and the remaining 25 locations in early 2024. Each ON the RUN charging location will feature two or four charging ports.
UPDATE 11:31am PT: Some of the new locations will include covering the route up Hwy 97 north to Prince George and several new locations in the southern interior of British Columbia.
Parkland has already opened seven charging stations in British Columbia, and is currently offering free fast charging for a limited time through the Journie Rewards mobile app.