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ONroute locations on Highways 401 and 400 to provide fast-charging for electric vehicles

Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, invested $8 million to help build the Ivy Charging Network.

December 1, 2021  by CM Staff

Ivy, ONroute and Canadian Tire put a big charge into road trips. Electric vehicle fast-charging to be available at ONroute locations on Highways 401 and 400 (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

TORONTO—Electric vehicle drivers will soon be able to charge at all ONroute locations along the province’s busiest highways, thanks to an agreement between Ivy Charging Network and ONroute and its partners, Canadian Tire Corporation and the Ministry of Transportation.

Ivy’s Charge & Go level 3 fast-charger locations will be open at 17 ONroute locations along Highways 401 and 400 in time for summer 2022, with another three ONroute locations opening before the end of 2022. Each of Ivy’s Charge & Go level 3 fast-chargers at ONroute locations will support the charging of all current models of electric vehicles including charging ports for Tesla drivers.

Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, invested $8 million to help build the Ivy Charging Network.

The Ivy Charging Network will install 69 level 3 fast-chargers across all ONroute locations and may expand further. EV drivers will find each location equipped with two to four chargers.

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By the end of 2022, a total of ONroute locations will provide EV drivers with fast-chargers. The remaining three ONroute stations will have fast-chargers by 2023/2025.

The company has stated that their Charge & Go locations will offer speeds of up-to 150 kWs. In addition, the Ivy Charging Network will offer level 3 fast-chargers, which means EV drivers will be able to charge their vehicles at a speed of up to 100 km charge in 20 minutes or less.

Ivy Charge & Go is aiming to have 160 fast-charger locations by the end of 2022. Currently, the company has 28 operating locations. The company also operates Ivy Park & Charge level 2 charging network in partnership with municipalities and businesses, offering destination-based charging for drivers not in a rush.

“Partnering with ONroute, Canadian Tire and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation allows us to provide EV drivers an easy and reliable fast-charger experience they expect at even more convenient and accessible locations. Ivy Charging Network is committed to unlocking endless travel possibilities for EV drivers by introducing innovative solutions to support all of their charging needs – today and in the future,” said Theresa Dekker, Ivy Charging Network in a statement.