VIA Motors has received an $80-million purchase agreement to electrify hotels and other businesses as part of a transcontinental electrification project. The privately-funded project, Sun Country Highway, has placed over 1,000 charging stations across Canada to allow EV owners to travel coast-to-coast with free charging. In the next phase, it will provide charging for the businesses’ own electric shuttle vans and trucks.
“In phase one of the project we electrified hundreds of businesses across the country, including placing about 100 chargers at Best Western Hotels,” said Sun Country Highway founder Kent Rathwell. “In phase two, we will deploy VIA’s electric trucks and vans, and have already placed an $8-million order with VIA for the first 100 vehicles. We have signed a purchase agreement with VIA committing us to about $80 million of electrified vehicles overall, to meet the demand of the expanding project.”
The Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina, Canada will be the first Best Western hotel to offer electric shuttle van services in North America. “Best Western is excited to deploy this ultra-clean, economical technology,” said hotel owner Glenn Weir. “We look forward to providing our guests with clean electric shuttle services and free charging for their own electric vehicles.”
“VIA’s rugged four-wheel drive, extended range technology is ideal for Canada’s extreme weather conditions and extended range driving,” said John Weber, VIA Motors CEO.
Source: VIA Motors