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Northern ON/MB to Get 34 Fast Charging Stations

S'toon

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Apr 23, 2015
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Good news for Canadian electric car drivers or soon-to-be electric car drivers. A new network of DC fast-charging stations has been announced to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in a currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba.

Interestingly, the stations will be equipped with energy storage systems in order to make sure it can deliver fast-charging even where there are grid limitations.

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The project, which is expected to cost CAD $17.3 million (USD $13.6 million) and is partially funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is a partnership between 3 energy storage companies: eCAMION, based in Toronto, Dallas-based Leclanché North America, part of Switzerland’s Leclanché SA and SGEM based in Geneva.

They describe the stations:

“At the core of each station will be FAST Charge’s state-of-the-art, energy storage system featuring advanced lithium-ion batteries with scalable capacity that will draw and store energy from the grid for use by charging units whenever required. Each station will have three charging units to allow three vehicles to be charged simultaneously.”

Unfortunately, they didn’t confirm the charge rate beyond confirming that it will be DC fast-charging – though they did say that it will support “level 3 or beyond”, whatever that means…

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Full article at:
34 new fast-charging stations with energy storage for EVs to be deployed along Trans-Canada Highway
 

doubeld

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This is great news. Being that they added the battery packs, that should reduce demand charges significantly. Given how little traffic there is (let alone EVs) on that segment of the TCH, they could easily charge ~150kWh of batteries at a moderate L2 rate and easily handle the volume of traffic for the next decade.
 

wayner

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Oct 29, 2014
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I don't mean to rub it in to SKers but with these stations, and the L3s coming online on NB, it leaves SK as an obvious gaping hole in the T-Can.
 

S'toon

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Apr 23, 2015
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Didn't he win reelection a little over a year ago with a huge majority? Then presumably over 60% of the people in the province agree with him.
This province has regressed over the years. The popularity of the SK Party has taken a hit with the least budget though. Let's see if it remains that way by the next election. The SK Party has gone full bore privatization of the Commons, and dismantling the social compact.
 
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sandpiper

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You'll notice the clever absence of a time frame. :)

If promises for charging stations equaled charging stations, Northern Ontario would have had a couple of Tesla superchargers and bunch of L3 stations installed in 2016 (those that were promised by the Ontario government a year and a half back).

The number that have actually been installed: ZERO.
The number under construction: ZERO

But the promises and announcements keep on rolling!
 
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Jaff

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I don't mean to rub it in to SKers but with these stations, and the L3s coming online on NB, it leaves SK as an obvious gaping hole in the T-Can.

Stay positive S'toon...DCFC & Superchargers are heading your way, and there is not thing one that Wall can do about it!:)
 

RiverBrick

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Has anyone figured out who the manufacturer of these stations will be? It seems like all three partners are in the energy storage business and none of them manufactures charging stations, at least not yet.

Are they going to develop their own unit or bring in another partner?
 

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