Communications technology company TELUS has teamed up with Australian electric vehicle (EV) charging firm JOLT to deploy up to 5,000 public DC fast chargers across Canada.
The partnership aims to support the growing demand for EV charging infrastructure in the country, with a projected need for over 200,000 public chargers by 2030. By expanding the charging network, the companies also aim to promote the adoption of EVs and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Our partnership with JOLT is just the latest demonstration of TELUS partnering with innovators who share our values, and investing in a healthier, more sustainable future,” said Tony Geheran, Chief Operations Officer, TELUS. “We are already 90 percent of the way to achieving our goal of using 100 percent renewable energy by 2025 due to our investments in power purchase agreements, and this collaboration is another significant step forward benefitting Canadians and our environment.”
The installation of the EV charging network, including TELUS’ public Wi-Fi capability, is set to begin later this year. All EV drivers using the JOLT EV charging network will be able to access 7 kWh of free charging per day through the JOLT app. This equates to approximately 40 to 50 kilometers of range and a charging time of 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the vehicle, TELUS says.
“We are excited to bring our free, fast, clean charging network to Canada to help Canadian drivers transition to EVs faster,” said Doug McNamee, Chief Executive Officer, JOLT. “Drivers can save approximately $1,000 annually by charging with JOLT. Availability of reliable, fast charging is a critical component of Canada’s transition to zero emission transport.”
TELUS aims to become zero-waste and carbon-neutral by 2030 and rely entirely on renewable sources for its electricity by 2025.