Shoppers at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre can now charge their electric vehicles following this week’s launch of four Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre features Canada’s first and only Tesla electric vehicle store.

“Electric vehicles are no longer a novelty, they’re becoming a way of life,” said Yorkdale General Manager Anthony Casalanguida. “Our Tesla store is the company’s highest traffic location in the world. We want all electric vehicle drivers to be able to plug and charge the vehicles at their convenience and shop or dine at their leisure.”

The mall’s management said the new charging stations are publicly available and capable of charging all electric vehicle models.

“Electric car sales are growing strong, with almost 2500 vehicles on the road today in Canada and estimates of over 100,000 in Canada by 2020.  With new models coming out from almost every manufacturer in the next two years, low fueling costs of about one sixth the price of gas and reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 90%, the electric car is poised to surge in popularity” says Cara Clairman, President and CEO of Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization that is advocating a switch to electric cars for their environmental and economic benefits.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are available on a first come, first serve basis.  These parking spots are available at a rate of $2 an hour to a maximum of a $5 session. The fee pays for the use of the spot and the electricity is free.

Drivers can pay for parking in these stations with Charge Pass Cards available through Charge Point or with Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Cards with RFID technology.

The charging station installed at Yorkdale are single output stations that provide 7.2 kilowatt (208/240 volts at 30 amps) Level 2 charging and are designed for the North American marketplace. An 18-foot cable makes it easy to charge any electric vehicle.