A consortium of three firms plans to install a network of 34 fast charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH).
Toronto-based eCAMION and the Swiss firm Leclanché are providers of energy storage solutions. SGEM is an independent power producer. The three companies will partner for the $13.6-million project, which is partially funded by a $6.2-million repayable contribution from Natural Resources Canada.
eCAMION and Leclanché have formed a joint venture called FAST Charge to manage the TCH project. The new system being developed by FAST Charge includes an energy storage system, using large-format lithium-ion batteries, which acts as a buffer between the grid and the vehicle, allowing EVs to be charged rapidly from the batteries instead of directly from the grid. Each station will have the capability to charge three vehicles simultaneously.
FAST Charge has already started work on demonstration units, and manufacturing is to begin in the first quarter of 2018. The project is scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2019.
The FAST Charge stations will be installed at 34 locations along the TCH connecting the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba – a total distance of about 1,860 miles – with the stations spaced approximately 62 miles apart.
Source: Green Car Congress