CALGARY, Alberta—Parkland Corp., owner of On the Run convenience stores, announced plans to launch the largest network of electric vehicle ultra-fast chargers at 25 existing locations in British Columbia, Canada, next year. Parkland said the sites will stretch from Vancouver Island to Calgary and are expected to open to customers in 2022.
Parkland will install, own and operate as many as 100 EV ultra-fast charging ports at retail locations in Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Whistler, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Penticton, Kamloops, Revelstoke and Calgary. The charging ports will be branded ON the RUN to connect with its c-store brand.
The ultra-fast chargers will deliver up to a 150-kilowatt charge that can charge most EVs up to 80% in about 20 minutes.
“Parkland’s purpose is to power journeys and energize communities, and for over 50 years we have served our customers’ evolving energy and convenience needs,” said Bob Espey, president and chief executive officer. “Coupled with our track record of renewable fuel manufacturing, our ultra-fast charging network is one of many disciplined, focused investments we are making as part of our approach to energy transition.”
Added Donna Sanker, president, Parkland Canada, “We are committed to meeting customer demand and learning about customer preferences in emerging EV markets. While adoption is in its early phases, BC leads the way in North America, making this province a natural, scalable step for our EV charging network. Our BC retail portfolio covers major population centers and highway corridors and includes our high-quality convenience stores and exclusive Triple O’s food offering. Collectively, these create convenience destinations where customers can shop, eat and use complimentary Wi-Fi while they charge their vehicles.”
A new report from the Fuels Institute Electric Vehicle Council, “EV Consumer Behavior,” provides invaluable insight to help guide EV market development. The report includes information about the habits and practices of current EV owners and how those might change over time.
“The EV landscape continues to change at a rapid pace,” said John Eichberger, director, Fuels Institute Executive. “The Electric Vehicle Council recognized that the charging infrastructure must be built to satisfy the needs of not just current drivers but also those drivers yet to purchase an EV … This report aggregates current published knowledge about these behaviors and needs to help build an EVSE system that effectively satisfies EV driver demand now and tomorrow.”