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Giving Thanks (In Canada) for Electric-Car Charging On Roads

Sun Country Highway electric-car charging station, Burnaby, BC, Canada [photo: Matthew Klippenstein]
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Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, though the country’s electric vehicle enthusiasts could be forgiven a bit of pessimism.

Plug-in car adoption has been slower than expected, and support seems unlikely from a federal government that has reshaped the country from mild, modest milquetoast to combative, pugnacious petrostate (a transformation future historians might call “Breaking Bitumen”).

But there is one thing Canada’s electric-car community can give thanks for–and it’s pretty big.

Sun Country Highway electric-car charging station, Burnaby, BC, Canada [photo: Matthew Klippenstein]

Sun Country Highway electric-car charging station, Burnaby, BC, Canada [photo: Matthew Klippenstein]

One million km of roads with “charge coverage”

By year’s end, charging-station vendor Sun Country Highway expects to have blanketed the country with enough infrastructure to provide “charge coverage” for 1 million kilometers of Canadian roads.

Which is to say, the company’s charging stations are spaced closely enough that electric-car drivers can access 1 million km (620,000 miles) of roads across the country.

The million-km milestone gets more impressive considering that only 1.35 million km (840,000 miles) of paved roads exist in Canada–against about 2,600,000 miles of paved roads in the United States.
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