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Ontario government offers charger incentives

Cars in Canadian capital Ottowa, Ontario.

The programme will support the installation of level 2 chargers at workplaces

A new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program, part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, has been announced at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto.

The programme is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. The five-year Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, 37% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.

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. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program will provide 80% of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space. Level 2 charging stations use a 240 volt system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle from a 0%charge in about four to eight hours.

There are more than 16,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario and over 1,300 public chargers, including chargers not funded under the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario program. The EV program has provided incentives worth approximately $2.2 million for the installation of almost 2,600 home charging stations since January 2013.

Applications open on January 16, 2018, and will be reviewed and processed in the order they are received, until the program funding is exhausted.

Source: Government of Ontario

 

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