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Azra invests $40m to build 2000 EV charging stations in Canada

Steve Rogerson
April 20, 2016



 
Over the next 18 months, Azra will invest $40m to install 2000 electric charging stations and deploy the Twizy, Renault’s first 100 per cent electric vehicle, in Canada.
 
“At Azra, we are change agents on a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Jean-François Carrière, president and chief executive officer of Azra. “We are proud to be investing in transport electrification because it is the way of the future to reduce our environmental footprint.”
 
Jacques Daoust, minister of transport, sustainable mobility and transport electrification, added: "By using our electricity to power our transport we will improve our environment while increasing our economic prosperity. I therefore welcome the investments announced today by Azra. The fact that Renault has chosen a Québec company to market its electric car in Canada speaks volumes about our leadership in this area."
 
At the same time, Azra is introducing the Renault Twizy in Canada. The event was celebrated in the presence of Guillaume Berthier, Renault’s electric vehicles sales director.
 
“Renault Group is delighted to have chosen a company as dynamic and committed as Azra for the launch of Twizy in Canada,” said Berthier. “Electric cars, Twizy in particular, enable Renault to boost its international development. It also allows Renault to participate in the development of new ways to sell cars. This is demonstrated by Azra’s all-in-one offer, with digital playing a dominant role in the sales model.”
 
This small city car, which is 100 per cent electric and designed by the Renault Sport team, has a type-one charging cable and side reflectors. Certified since March 2016 by Transport Canada, its speed is capped at 40km/h to come under the category of low-speed vehicles.
 
The Twizy will be available for lease at $99 per month, including the costs of registration and insurance. Azra-Partenaire-Renault-Partner has teamed up with Uni-Select to ensure the management and maintenance of the vehicle fleet.
 
To contribute to the expansion of the network and increase the accessibility of charging stations for Canadian drivers of electric vehicles, Azra will install 2000 charging stations over the next 18 months. The stations, made entirely of aluminium, will be equipped with 7 to 50kW power charges that can serve up to four users, for a total of 8000 new charging points. They will be installed for free on private property through the establishment of partnerships with owners of office buildings, shopping centres and other types of buildings.