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VIA Motors receives $80M commitment from Sun Country for extended range electric vehicles; Canadian transcontinental electrification project
15 January 2014
VIA Motors has received an $80-million purchase agreement from Sun Country Highway to electrify hotels and other business as part of a transcontinental electrification project. The privately funded electrification project called Sun Country Highway was launched by founder Kent Rathwell, and has placed more than 1,000 charging stations across Canada to allow electric vehicle owners to travel coast-to-coast with free charging. In addition, it will provide charging for the business’ own electric shuttle vans and trucks in the next phase.
In phase one of the project we electrified hundreds of businesses across the country including placing about 100 chargers at Best Western Hotels. In phase two, we will deploy VIA’s electric trucks and vans and have already placed an $8-million order with a deposit VIA for the first 100 vehicles. We have signed a purchase agreement with VIA committing us to about $80 million of electrified vehicles overall, to meet the demand of the expanding project.—Kent Ratwell
The Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina, Canada will be the first Best Western hotel to offer electric shuttle van services in North America.
Sun Country Highway created a fast charging network from coast to coast across North America, making nearly 90% of Canadian highways accessible to electric vehicles for free charging. It utilizes a market-driven advertising model similar to offering free Wi-Fi to sell coffee.
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