Volkswagen Group Canada has formed a new company called Electrify Canada, with a similar mission to that of Electrify America, the US charging network that Volkswagen was required to establish as part of the settlement over its diesel emissions cheating scandal.
Electrify Canada will build an ultra-fast DC charging network in the Great White North, beginning with 32 charging sites near highways and in major metro areas in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. VW expects the network to begin operations in the second quarter of 2019.
Each site will have an average of four chargers, and will offer both CCS and CHAdeMO charging. Power levels will range from 150 kW to 350 kW, and 50 kW charging will also be available to support today’s EVs.
“The Canadian electric vehicle market is growing, creating a great need for charging that is fast, convenient and available in key locations,” said Volkswagen Group Canada CEO Daniel Weissland. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this service and to take a leadership position in providing this key EV adoption enabler to the Canadian market.”