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News » Canada » Ontario to add more charging points for electric vehicles » published 16 Jan 2018

Ontario to add more charging points for electric vehicles

Ontario has announced plans to make it easier to charge electric vehicles by introducing an incentive plan for more to charging stations to be built.

The scheme is aimed at assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of transportation Steven Del Duca announced the new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program during a visit to the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations.

The program will provide 80% of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to CA$7,500 per charging space. Applications open today, 16 January 2018, and will be reviewed and processed in the order they are received, until the program funding is exhausted.

Level 2 charging stations use a 240V system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle from a zero per cent charge in about four to eight hours. It is estimated there are over 1,300 public chargers available in Ontario, including chargers not funded under the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario program. Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive program has provided incentives worth approximately CA$2.2m for the installation of almost 2,600 home charging stations since January 2013.

“The electrification of transportation is happening fast, and the Ontario government is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to meet this demand,” said Steven Del Duca. “By building more electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces across Ontario, we’re also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle and building Ontario’s future.”

Minister of transportation Chris Ballard added: “Charging stations at workplaces will make it easier for people to choose electric vehicles and is one of the many ways we’re taking action to reduce harmful greenhouse gas pollution from transportation – the largest source of emissions in Ontario. This investment demonstrates how our Climate Change Action Plan and the carbon market are working together to help our province meet its short and long-term emission reduction targets.”



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This article was published on 16 Jan 2018 (last updated on 16 Jan 2018).

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