2015 has been a big year on the Canadian electric car scene. Now that 2015 has officially ended, ChargeHub would like to have a last look at it with you from a charging station infrastructure perspective.
North America started 2015 with over 23,000 public charging stations available to EV drivers (level 2 and DCFC combined). In Canada, this meant over 1,500 charging stations mainly concentrated in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.
With this blog post, we want to compile some highlights of 2015, plus underline some announcements that had an impact on the current status of the Canadian EV infrastructure and the way it will evolve in 2016.
Alberta’s First Tesla Supercharger
The city of Red Deer installs the first Tesla Supercharger in Alberta. You can see where it is here.
Partnership Between Nissan And Hydro-Québec
With its partnership with Hydro-Québec, Nissan commits to invest in the installation of 20 DCFC in 2015 and 5 DCFC in 2016.
Partnership Between St-Hubert Restaurants And Electric Circuit
St-Hubert announces its partnership with Electric Circuit to provide charging stations throughout its restaurant network.
British Columbia CEV Program
The BC government reintroduces the Clean Energy Vehicle Program in the 2015 Budget.
100 DCFC In Canada
Canada reached 100 DCFC with the installation of a Supercharger in Comber, Ontario.
Manitoba’s First Fast Charging Station
Red River College installs the first DCFC in Manitoba on the College’s Notre Dame Campus.
2,000 DCFC In North America
As of May 2015, Canada and the U.S. have a combined total of over 2,000 DCFC.
Organized by EMC the EV2015VÉ Conference & Trade Show took place in Halifax. ChargeHub presented on “User Experience at Charging Stations” during the first keynote of this conference. ChargeHub also presented on the state of the Canadian EV infrastructure on day 2. You can have a look at our poster presentation from day 2 here.
2,000 Charging Stations In Canada
With the installation of a DCFC at CAA-Quebec, Canada reached the 2,000 charging stations milestone (level2 and DCFC combined).
Negative Carbon Road Trip
Partnership between ChargeHub and Brian Kent for his world record attempt: the Negative Carbon Road Trip. Over 40,000 km roadtrip in a Nissan Leaf through 48 states and two provinces in under 5 months! To learn more about this project and its evolution, have a look at Brian Kent’s blog.
National Drive Electric Week
September 12th to the 20th was the celebration of National Drive Electric Week. With thousands of visitors at events in different cities throughout the continent, it was a real success. To have information on the next event click here and for a recap of the Canadian highlight here.
1,000 Charging Stations In Quebec
Quebec reached the 1,000 charging stations milestone with the installation of a level 2 station at the St-Hubert in Ste-Foy.
30,000 Charging Stations In North America
As of October, Canada and the U.S. totalled over 30,000 charging stations combined and the rate at which new EVSE are installed is increasing.
Ontario’s First Public Dual Standard DCFC
The city of Markham in partnership with VERnetwork is the first municipality in Ontario to host a DCFC. Click here to see exactly where it is.
Quebec’s Transportation Electrification Action Plan
785 public-access charging stations installed by the end of 2016.
60 DCFC installed by the end of 2016.
3,000 DCFC In North America
2015 was the year where DCFC installations really started to take off. The commissioning of the 3,000th DCFC in North America in November is a testament to that.
Ontario Invests $20M In EV Infrastructure
Ontario announces it will invest $20 million to install more charging stations as part of its new Climate Change Strategy.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, interesting milestones were reached in 2015 and various events had a clear impact on the current deployment status of EV infrastructure as we start 2016.
The graphics below give a global idea of this impact.
In the U.S. and Canada combined, the total number of level 2 stations had a little under 50% growth in 2015. However, in Canada alone, the number of level 2 stations almost doubled in 2015.
As mentioned in the highlights of the year, DCFC installations really started to pick-up in 2015. Their numbers doubled in the U.S. and Canada combined. In Canada, the increase was even greater with 250% growth of DCFC in the last 12 months.
The key contributors to the high growth numbers in Canada continue to be the same three provinces with Quebec leading the way. Unfortunately, the end of some funding in B.C. seems to have had a negative impact on its infrastructure deployment rate. In Ontario, Tesla Superchargers are the main driver of the DCFC numbers. While in Quebec, the implication of Nissan in the Electric Circuit has had a major positive impact on DCFC installations in the province.
Of course, this is just a quick review of 2015 but the trend from the last few months tells us that 2016 will be an even bigger year for the Canadian EV industry and we look forward to it.
ChargeHub has a wealth of information and insight about North America’s EV infrastructure. Our 2016 resolution is to share our insight on a regular basis via this blog and our newsletter. So you can expect more data driven content courtesy of ChargeHub in weeks to come.
In the meantime, we want to know, what would you like to see happen with the EV infrastructure in 2016?