Ivy, ONroute and Canadian Tire Put A Big Charge Into Road Trips


Electric vehicle drivers will soon be able to charge at all ONroute locations along the province’s busiest highways, thanks to an agreement between Ivy Charging Network and ONroute and its partners, Canadian Tire Corporation and the Ministry of Transportation.

Ivy’s Charge & Go level 3 fast-charger locations will be open at 17 ONroute locations along Highways 401 and 400 in time for summer 2022, with another three ONroute locations opening before the end of 2022. Each of Ivy’s Charge & Go level 3 fast-chargers at ONroute locations will support the charging of all current models of electric vehicles including charging ports for Tesla drivers.

Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, invested $8-million to help build the Ivy Charging Network.

“Partnering with ONroute, Canadian Tire and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation allows us to provide EV drivers an easy and reliable fast-charger experience they expect at even more convenient and accessible locations.,” said Theresa Dekker, Ivy Charging Network. “Ivy Charging Network is committed to unlocking endless travel possibilities for EV drivers by introducing innovative solutions to support all of their charging needs – today and in the future.”

Ivy Charging Network is installing 69 level 3 fast-chargers across all ONroute locations, with the possibility of further expansion. Each location will have between two and four chargers to serve EV drivers. Ivy’s fast chargers will be operational at 20 ONroute stations by the end of 2022. Fast chargers at the remaining three ONroute stations will be operational in 2023/2025, and Ivy’s ONroute Charge & Go locations will offer charging speeds of up-to 150 kWs. Ivy’s Charge & Go network currently has 28 locations and expects to have over 60 locations with 160 fast-chargers by the end of 2022.

“ONroute is proud to take this step towards sustainability, as we partner with Ivy and Canadian Tire to bring charging stations to our plazas. With a customer-obsessed focus, we want ONroute to be the recharge destination along every journey. That is why we are focused on supporting the growth of electric cars, and bringing new services to our customers,” said Melanie Teed-Murch, chief executive officer of ONroute.

“Ontario is putting shovels in the ground to build critical infrastructure including highways,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy.” Our agreement with Ivy, ONroute and Canadian Tire to construct EV chargers at all of the province’s 23 ONroute stations is an important step forward, allowing EV owners to travel our great province with more freedom and confidence. This deployment will reduce barriers to EV ownership, supporting Ontario’s growing EV manufacturing market, critical minerals sector and help achieve Ontario’s goal of building at least 400,000 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2030.”