Canada’s EVCO initiative picks up momentum, as Ontario commits to building 500 new EV charging stations by Spring 2017
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will soon install almost 500 new electric vehicle charging stations at more than 250 locations.
The province is working with 24 public- and private-sector partners to install the network in cities, along highways, at workplaces and at various public places.
The new network will include more than 200 Level 3 and almost 300 Level 2 charging stations. The entire network will be in service by March 31, 2017. A full list of the planned locations is available on the Ontario government website.
In a press statement, the regional government noted that:
With the new network of stations, electric vehicle drivers will be able to travel confidently from Windsor to Ottawa or from Toronto to North Bay and within and around major urban centres.
There are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario, and the provincial government hopes that the new stations will encourage people to use more EVs.
In 2010, the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) and the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program were introduced to support the adoption of electric vehicles, reward early adopters and create a market demand for new technology. EVIP is an application-based grant program that helps make EVs more affordable for Ontarians by providing a financial incentive for the purchase or lease of eligible new EVs.