Canadian International Auto Show exhibitors in Toronto are looking to expand the number of spots hybrid and electric cars
can juice up. They say charging stations are popping up everywhere from at home to along the highway.
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High-powered charging stations may be popping up in a mall parking lot near you as Canadian companies look to expand the number of places hybrid and electric cars can stop and juice up. The Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto features not only sparkling new cars and bold concept vehicles from the world's biggest automakers, but also a handful of firms looking to plant a charging station in homes, along highways and other spots.And while splashy TV ads and rave reviews from car critics may help get more drivers behind the wheel of a hybrid or all-electric vehicle, the upstart car-powering companies at the show say getting the charging infrastructure in place is crucial to fuelling sales of the eco-friendly vehicles.Sun Country Highway founder and president Kent Rathwell is pointing to his company's success installing several hundred of its dedicated charging stations from coast-to-coast along the Trans-Canada Highway as proof electric vehicles can go the literal distance alongside their gas-guzzling brethren.