The electric vehicle charging stations will be deployed at each of the company’s 12 stores across Canada. The rollout, set to be completed by late August of this year, is the first national installation of EV charging stations in Canada by a retailer at all of its locations. Charging will be provided to customers at no cost, on a first come first serve basis. IKEA has partnered with Sun Country Highway on the project which includes the installation of two SCH-60 “Level 2” 60-amp charge stations.
“Installing electric vehicle charging stations at all IKEA Canada stores reinforces our commitment to sustainability,” said Stefan Sjostrand, President of IKEA Canada. “We are dedicated to addressing the global climate crisis and maximizing accessibility to our store locations, and we think this initiative is a step in the right direction on both fronts.”
IKEA Canada stores are located close to major transportation corridors, and a typical visit to an IKEA store gives enough time for an EV driver to top-up their battery, enhancing their travel range and preventing “range anxiety”.
Brendan Seale, Sustainability Manager for IKEA Canada, also commented: “The transportation sector is one of the largest sources of carbon and climate-related emissions, and our EV charging stations will help to encourage our customers to adopt lower carbon travel options to get to and from IKEA stores.”
Source: IKEA Canada