Tim Horton's Installs Charging Stations: EVs May Now Be Viable In Canada

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Tim Horton’s, the Canadian coffee chain that’s home to the legendary “double-double”(the local slang for two cream, two sugar in one’s coffee), has announced a pilot project to install EV charging stations in the parking lots of its coffee shops.

A store in Oakville, a western suburb of Toronto, will be the first to get a charging station. Oakville is home to Ford’s Canadian headquarters, so no surprise that the C-Max was photographed getting a charge at the store. Tim Horton’s says that negotiations are already underway to expand the program, which will provide charging facilities free of charge to owners of EVs and plug-in hybrids. Who knows, maybe this will offset the reduced range that’s certain to be brought on by cold, Canadian winters.

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  • DeadWeight DeadWeight on Feb 14, 2013

    I never see more than 1 or 2 cars in any Tim Horton's parking lot at ANY of their locations in Michigan (and rarely see a vehicle in their drive-thru), yet they've popped up like daisies for the last 7 years or so. I don't get it, apparently. I don't get how they could be anything other than money-losing stores, let alone profitable ones. I've often speculated that they really sell contraband in the middle of the night (note to Tim Horton's: This is not intended as a serious statement).

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    • Derek Kreindler Derek Kreindler on Feb 15, 2013

      @Pch101 The hot chocolate is good and the tea is better than Starbucks. In the summer, the "Ice Capp" is a great way to take the edge off the stifling humidity in Toronto. The double chocolate donut is the best donut, hands down. I'm pretty sure the coffee is one part battery acid, two parts jet fuel.

  • Mcs Mcs on Feb 14, 2013

    Ford needs to offer a police version of the Fusion Energi. It would be a perfect match!

  • Blowfish Blowfish on Feb 14, 2013

    The problem is that 7kW for 30 minutes will only give you a few miles of range – like 4. thats what i was going to say, 4 miles or km is not going to help u a very great deal. most blokes probably charged up the batt from home, so an extra 30 mins of charge is not going to really change the scenario a great deal. as i used to live in the great white northern bc, if a TH offers charge on the way it may help, but one ca'nt be hanging out at Tims forever unless u're member of the gendarme. so these charging stn are just cosmetic or window dressing, similar to offer u a piece of lemon meringue pie when u're super hungry!

  • Orillia3 Orillia3 on Mar 29, 2013

    There are a thousand times more ebikes and disability scooters needing a charge than electric cars. I hope this includes a level 1 charger. Plus the ebikes and scooters only need pennies worth of electricity to charge.