Electric Infrastructure: Tesla to donate EV charging stations to Parks Canada

Toronto, Ontario — September 11th, 2019 — The great outdoors is about to get techy — Tesla is donating EV chargers to Parks Canada for deployment across the country.

Last Friday Parks Canada revealed in a tweet that, in an effort to help the organization meet its greening objectives, Tesla will be donating charging stations to be installed at more than 50 Parks Canada locations across the country.

Parks Canada is a federal agency in charge of the country’s national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic monuments. In total, the agency manages 49 locations. The locations to be outfitted with the EV chargers have not yet been revealed.

The charging stations — which are not Superchargers — will have both AC Level 2 Tesla connectors and SAE J1772 connectors for use with all available plug-in vehicles. The electricity used by each station will be paid for by the landowners.

While Parks Canada’s initial tweet is a tad vague, Tesla has clarified that it will be donating more than 50 chargers, as each location will have more than one charger. The initiative appears to be a part of Tesla’s Destination Charging network, a program where Tesla deploys both wall connectors for its own cars and universal AC chargers for other electric vehicles at locations like hotels, restaurants and popular tourist destinations. Through the program, Tesla has deployed chargers to tens of thousands of locations across the world.

The initiative with Parks Canada expands Tesla’s charging infrastructure in Canada, which many have complained is lacking in some ways.

Tesla recently started construction at new Supercharger locations around the country. For more information on their construction, click here.

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