Golden is now home to the newesty Electrify Canada station, an ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles, located at the Golden Village Lodge on Lafontaine Road.
The station is equipped with four chargers capable of chargings speeds up to 150kW and 350kW, the fastest universal charging available, according to Electrify Canada.
A typical electric car with a 60kWh battery takes just under eight hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point. A 150KW station, when going at full power, can theoretically add up to 600 miles of range in an hour to a car like a Tesla model 3.
Golden is already home to 12 public charging stations in town, wtih five level 2 stations and seven level 3 stations. The levels indicated the speed of the charging process. Level 2 chargers can add about 12 to 80 miles per hour, while a level 3 station can add three to 20 miles per minute.
The new station comes as Electrify Canada increases its current commitment of 32 stations to over 100 charging locations nad 500 chargers across Canada by the end of 2025.
The additional stations will be spread out across Canada, allowing travellers to drive from Victoria to Halifax easily.
All Electrify Canada charging stations have both CCS and CHAdeMO plugs available.
That means it doesn’t matter what kind of EV you drive – just about every EV model can use these stations.
Electrify Canada offers guest charging payment, which is a pay as you go format, similar to pulling up and filling up at the gas pump.
There are also pass membership options, which allows to stop and start charging from an app, notifies you when a charger opens up and contactless-payment for no monthly fee.
For a $4/month fee, chargers can get the benefits of the membership, as well as reduced costs for charging.
Competing DC fast charge networks are run by Petro-Canada and Tesla.
Electrify Canada is a partnership formed by Electrify America in cooperation with Volkswagen Group Canada that is building charging infrastructure throughout Canada.
Electric vehicles are selling in record numbers, according to the provincial government, with more than 54,000 light-duty vehicles now registered in the province.