Canada and US are launching first joint EV charging network

 Canada and US are launching first joint EV charging network

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Electric vehicle owners in both Canada and the US have a reason to celebrate. The two countries are building a new joint EV charging network together.

Canadians are increasingly choosing zero-emission vehicles and having access to convenient charging infrastructure is key to driving their adoption. Its availability, especially for long-distance travel, certainty supports the growth of zero-emission vehicles. In addition, it can also creates middle-class jobs, boosts economies, and reduces pollution on our roads.

Recently, representatives of both governments announced the Canada and United States Alternative Fuel Corridor. Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, Canada and Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation unveiled the groundbreaking initiative.

This corridor, which spans from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Québec City, Québec, will meet two essential criteria. First, electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be installed every 80 km (50 miles). And second, at least one Direct Current (DC) fast charger with Combined Charging System (CCS) ports will be included. This binational Alternative Fuel Corridor traverses major highways such as I-94, Highway 401, Highway 20, and Highway 40. And it aims to ensure that Canadian and US drivers can confidently cross the border and charge their vehicles.

Notably, this corridor is a critical transportation route for passenger and trade traffic between the two nations. But equally importantly, it also serves as a vital hub for vehicle manufacturing. It connects major cities, ports, airports, railways, and highways, and is an integral part of Canada’s national transportation system.

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Development hailed by both governments as part of the green future

Both governments have hailed this as their commitment to support the future automotive sector and achieve a net-zero economy.

“Canada and the United States have built the world’s largest market-based energy trading relationship, which provides a firm foundation as we strive to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. This first cross-border alternative fuel corridor will help drivers to travel across the border and charge or refuel worry-free. It contributes to bringing us another step closer to making our air cleaner while helping people save money on traditional fuels.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport of Canada

“The U.S. and Canada have long enjoyed a productive partnership on transportation issues and in that spirit we are proud to announce the first-ever U.S.-Canada EV Corridor. With historic investments in EV infrastructure from the Biden-Harris Administration and the Canadian government, we are creating a new generation of good-paying manufacturing jobs, making it possible for drivers everywhere to reap the benefits and savings of these vehicles while helping us fight climate change.”

Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation

EV charging network was part of the joint statement by both Canadian PM & US President in March

The move is in line with the Joint Statement released by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States on March 24, 2023. As part of that, both countries are collaborating to harmonize the charging experience and develop cross-border alternative fuel corridors.

Within Canada, there are a total of 215 stations along the highways, strategically distributed to ensure accessibility. Sixty-one stations are located between Detroit and Toronto, equipped with at least one Direct Current Fast charger using the Combined Charging System connector and situated within 6 km of the highway. Additionally, 154 stations are located between Toronto and Québec City, meeting the same criteria for convenience and accessibility.

The shift towards Electric Vehicles is crucial for reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, particularly as on-road transportation accounts for 23 percent of the total emissions. To support this transition, over 211,000 incentives have been provided to Canadians and Canadian businesses to encourage the purchase or lease of zero-emission vehicles.

Also read: Tesla unlocks its EV charging network for GM in Canada


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