Jule and Longo’s Bring Cutting-Edge Battery-Powered EV Charging Solution to Oakville

Industry: Retail & eCommerce

The new initiative is supported by funding from NRCan

Oakville, Canada (PRUnderground) February 22nd, 2024

Jule, a leader in energy storage solutions and DC fast charging, and Longo’s, a prominent grocery store chain across Ontario, are excited to announce their groundbreaking partnership to introduce a battery-powered electric vehicle charging deployment at the grocer’s Oakville location. This strategic initiative exemplifies Jule and Longo’s joint commitment to sustainability and represents a major leap forward in electrification infrastructure.

This brand-new high-speed EV Charging facility at Longo’s Oakville (338 Dundas St E), features a 660 kWh battery system that will seamlessly power up to seven (7) 150 kW DC fast chargers. This deployment is a testament to Longo’s’ dedication to providing convenient and sustainable amenities for its guests, underscoring its commitment to a greener future powered by innovative technology. “At Longo’s we are committed to minimizing our overall impact on the environment and do everything we can to ensure we fuel happier and healthier lives,” said Deb Craven, President, Longo’s. “Our partnership with Jule reinforces our commitment to Environmental Stewardship, one of our three Sustainability Pillars. The battery-powered EV chargers provide a significant opportunity for ourselves and our Guests to support renewable electrification.”

This transformative project is made possible through an investment in Longo’s , provided through Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). NRCan’s contribution highlights the government’s commitment to advancing electric vehicle adoption and vital charging infrastructure development where it is most needed.

By joining forces with Jule, Longo’s exemplifies a shared vision of addressing the challenges of sustainability and embracing clean energy alternatives. “We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work and play,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. “Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in Oakville, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”

According to the Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, “This first-of-its-kind battery-powered electric vehicle charging deployment here in Oakville will help make EVs more affordable and charging more accessible. Canada is a world leader in EV technology, and by partnering with experts like Jule and Longo’s, we’re ensuring high-quality infrastructure is in place to support our communities.”

Longo’s is committed to bringing value to its guests and determined that to electrify its Oakville location effectively level 2 chargers would not meet guest expectations or the growing needs of today’s EV driver. Therefore, they embraced level 3 chargers and installed the deployment which also provide power backup to the store. This shift will ensure that Longo’s guests will be able to charge their electric vehicles from 20% to 80% in just 20 minutes, conveniently aligning with the average grocery shop time.

Vince Arone, VP Sales and Marketing for Jule, shared: “We are excited to partner with Longo’s and NRCan in bringing this remarkable battery-powered technology to the Oakville community. The deployment of our Jule System represents the future of sustainable charging solutions and energy management. With no additional power requirement from the local utility, we have offered future-proof, high-speed charging for EV customers. We are proud to support Longo’s’ sustainability goals as a leading retailer with a vision of a cleaner and more eco-friendly future.”

This collaborative effort between Jule, Longo’s, and NRCan marks a significant stride toward a sustainable and green-energy future in the Oakville community. Jule remains committed to providing innovative EV charging solutions that empower businesses and consumers to adopt electric vehicles seamlessly, without putting a strain on the electric grid through its battery technology.

About Longo Brothers Fruit Market

Longo’s is a family-operated Canadian organization that started in 1956 when three brothers, Tommy, Joe and Gus opened their first fruit market. What began as a small family-run store has since grown to a company that operates 37 stores in communities across Toronto and the GTA. Today, Longo’s maintains the same family-based values as they did over 67 years ago, putting Family Standards at the heart of everything they do. Longo’s is proud to serve their Guests the quality standard of food they believe every family deserves, and to give back to the communities they operate in through the Longo Family Foundation.

To learn more about Longo’s’ commitment to minimizing its impact on the environment and sustainability goals can be found in its 2022 Sustainability Report.

About Jule

Founded in 2009, Jule meets the challenges of an ever-increasing demand for power by providing innovative energy solutions for long-term sustainability. It specializes in smart Energy Management and Battery Storage Systems, while providing integrated DC fast charging technology, supplying communities and businesses with convenient, multi-faceted electric infrastructure. Their solution does not require additional grid infrastructural upgrades while also mitigating demand charges, making it a versatile solution capable of addressing today’s largest barriers to electrification.

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