- According to the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, Canada needs to build millions of stations.
The federal government has committed to invest nearly $880 million over the next four years to construct approximately 65,000 new charging stations for electric or fuel cell-powered passenger vehicles. However, an industry group representing some of Canada’s largest automakers claims that the country needs to build millions of stations.
According to Brian Kingston, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association, a national electric-charging network will require years of careful planning to ensure charging stations are available when and where people need them.
“We haven’t done the planning, and we haven’t invested in a charging network,” he explained. Canada is mandating EV sales 50% of new cars sold in 2030 and 100% in 2035, but no one is taking the lead to ensure that people understand how much electricity or charging stations will be required.
The association represents three of Canada’s largest automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, a new multinational formed this year through a merger that now represents brands such as Dodge, Jeep, and Chrysler.
Kingston stated that automakers are committed to the transition to electric the three companies represented by the association are investing US$100 billion in electrification over the next few years, with plans to launch 120 new EV models.
According to a study disseminated in the Nature Energy journal last spring, as many as one in every five zero-emission vehicle owners returned to gas power due to inconvenient charging access.
“So I just use that as a warning to the government that, you know, we should start planning this like tomorrow,” he said. He claims that Canada has not planned ahead of time and instead has a fragmented response with shallow ambitions compared to the rest of the world.
Approximately 15,000 public or semi-private chargers are currently available in Canada, and at least another 2,000 are in various stages of construction with public funding. In addition, natural Resources Canada has another $180 million in its current budget to build 17,000 more over the next three years.