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Ottawa gives Suncor $4.6 million to build 92 electric-vehicle charging stations nationwide

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The funding is part of a $312.5-million government program designed to build a national electric-vehicle charging-station network, as well as to back other low-carbon initiatives. More than 500 chargers are expected to be built this year through the initiative, and “hundreds more” over the next two. (The Logic)

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Talking point: Suncor is the only Canadian oil and gas producer to diversify its business with significant renewable energy projects, according to a 2018 report from Clean Energy Canada, a climate-focused think tank at Simon Fraser University. The move into electric-vehicle charging comes as the industry is growing more crowded in Canada. Volkswagen is building 32 stations between Calgary–Vancouver and Windsor–Quebec City. Tesla also plans to add dozens of stations to fill gaps in its network; for example, it has no stations in Saskatchewan or Manitoba up and running yet. And, in March, New Brunswick became the first fully connected province for electric vehicles.