For anyone in Alberta and involved in electric vehicles, November 28, 2017 was a fantastic day.
The announcement was held at the Calgary location at Canadian Tire Gas Plus 9940 Macleod Trail S.E. where a Level 3 fast charger has been installed and locations for level 2 chargers are waiting to be installed. Although not active yet, the Calgary fast Charger is expected to be live and functional in January of 2018.
Along with this announcement, stations are currently being installed at Canadian Tire Gas+ locations in Red Deer and Greater Edmonton area for a total of 3 fast chargers creating the corridor.
The locations of the charging stations are:
- Greater Edmonton: 169 Ordze Ave., Sherwood Park, AB T8A 2G4, Canada
- Red Deer: 5908 Gaetz Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4C3, Canada
- Calgary: 9940 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 3K9, Canada
This announcement is important for the ability of electric vehicles to make long distance driving more convenient and practical. The universal fast charging infrastructure is available every 150 km or so along Highway 2 between Edmonton to Calgary.
With having the fast charger available with both a CHAdeMO and a J1772 CCS connector, all vehicles able to take advantage of the fast charge service will be able to connect up.
As a redundancy, in the event of a failure of the fast charger or line up for the fast charger service, the level 2 chargers will be available to fill the need.
The Fast Charger by Flo is a 50kW service and is accessible by either a credit card payment or a prepaid account with Flo. The rate for level 3 is $20.00 per hour for charging and is billed to the second while connected and drawing power. For the average 30kW battery, the charge would be around $6.50 and would take roughly 30 minutes.
The Level 2 structure will be a 7kW service, but no price was announced on it for use.
As an update on December 1, 2017, ATCO Clarified the charging prices:
Level 2: $1.50 per hour – average time to charge is 3-4 hours (varies) – you are charged by the second
Fast charger: $20 per hour – average time to charge is 30 minutes – you are charged by the second
There is an expected announcement coming up next year about an East – West corridor enhancing the viability of the charge network and making electric vehicle use even more simplified.
With Alberta now having roughly 1000 electric vehicles registered on the roadways, this infrastructure is a welcomed sight and cause for celebration. It is however still well inadequate for the province and leaves many locations inaccessible and in need. This however seems to be coming in the near future according to the hints left by the folks from Flo and ATCO.
Comparing it out against the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, it very much looks like the two had a love child to produce the Bolt.
I had a bit of a chance to take some pictures of the vehicle (and maybe even drooled in it a little). I can tell you that from what I saw, I am very impressed with it and would have loved to have spent a little more time with it on a street review. Sadly not in the cards for this adventure, but it was awesome to have the chance to at least check it out.
According to ATCO this is the second electric vehicle in their fleet for Alberta.
The Bolt is well marked, so it should be easily spotted in the wild if you are looking for it.
Please post up and share pictures of the rare sighting of any Electric Vehicle you see in the wild to the EVAAB Facebook Group so we can all enjoy them!