The privately funded Sun Country Highway initiative was launched by founder Kent Rathwell and has placed over 1,000 charging stations across Canada to allow electric vehicle owners to travel coast to coast with free charging.
‘In phase one of the project, we electrified hundreds of businesses across the country, including placing about 100 chargers at Best Western hotels,’ says Rathwell.
‘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,’ he continues. ‘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.’
The Best Western Seven Oaks in Regina, Saskatchewan, will be the first Best Western hotel to offer electric shuttle van services in North America, the companies say.