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Province's Financial Commitment will Accelerate Groundwork laid by Partners in Project Green's EV Charging Network

Dec 18, 2015

Last week’s announcement by the Province of Ontario to invest $20 million to build more public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is a progressive step in the right direction to make low emission electric vehicles a viable commuting option for many more Ontarians, says Adam Vaiya, Project Manager of Energy Performance with Toronto and Region Conservation’s (TRCA’s) Partners in Project Green.

The announcement, made during the United Nations COP21 Climate Change conference in Paris, showed the tangible commitment Ontario has to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and keeping the earth’s temperature rise to within 2 degrees C by the second half of the century. The funding, part of the $325 million Ontario Green Investment Fund, is aimed at creating a network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in cities – at workplaces, beside highways, at apartments, condominiums and public places across the province.

The Province’s support backs the work already in progress by TRCA’s Partners in Project Green, who launched a collective project to establish 100 networked Level 2 EV charging points by the end of 2015. So far, with the help of partners like the Orlando Corporation and the City of Brampton, 80 have been put in place across Toronto and the Region of Peel.

“This announcement will go a long way to putting EV chargers on the map,” David Wawrychuk, VP of Engineering with Orlando Corporation said. “Electric vehicles generate 10% of the emissions that conventional vehicles do. By installing theses chargers, we are encouraging the use of electric vehicles, leading to a substantial reduction in the greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change. With the Ontario Government helping to fund even more EV charging stations, we can meet our own goal and see the establishment of even more across the province. Making it easier for people to charge electric cars will encourage more people to purchase them, thereby making the promises made at COP 21 far easier to keep.”

Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement and chemical production combined. With rapidly expanding urban regions and a growing population, reducing transportation emissions is one of the province’s most significant opportunities to achieve GHG reduction targets. To date, there are approximately 5,400 electric vehicles currently registered in Ontario. 

Word of the Partners in Project Green EV Charging initiative is beginning to spread. Home décor giant IKEA announced earlier this fall that it would install EV charging stations at each of its 12 stores across Canada. The City of Montreal has plans to install 105 street-side EV charging stations in the downtown core and another 1000 throughout the city by 2020.

Orlando Corporation has installed 12 dual port stations so far and the City of Brampton plans on having 32 or more charging points in place by the end of 2016.

Below: Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and David Wawrychuk, VP of Engineering with Orlando Corporation show how easy it is to charge an electric vehicle.

Betty Crombie EV


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