OAKVILLE, Ont. — Tim Hortons has installed its first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of a new pilot project.
“The electric vehicle infrastructure is in its infancy, and we see a potential opportunity for Tim Hortons to help make a true difference by expanding that infrastructure in Canada,” said Paulo Ferreira, senior director, International Design and Building Standards, Tim Hortons.
Guests and employees of the restaurant chain can now use complimentary charging stations at the company’s Wyecroft Road restaurant in Oakville, Ont. “The goal for us is to explore and understand the technology,” said Ferreira, “to see how it can work at our restaurants and how we can, in turn, support our guests who choose to go electric.”
The pilot project is a partnership with Oakville Hydro and the Town of Oakville. Its aim is to study the technology, usage and opportunities. Rob Lister, president and CEO, Oakville Hydro Corporation, believes electric vehicles will potentially have an impact on distribution systems across Ontario. “As part of our Smart Grid initiatives, the pilot project allows us to gain insight into how our distribution system responds and reacts to the addition of electric vehicles,” he said.
Tim Hortons is in talks with other municipalities to determine if the pilot project should include the company’s more than 3,300 restaurants across Canada. Moving forward, all newly built Canadian Tom Hortons’ parking lots will be wired with EV charging stations.