Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program, the province is working with public and private sector partners to create a network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways and at workplaces, condominiums, and public places across Ontario.
The province is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $20 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to support the build-out of a network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Ontario.
With our 27 partners, charging stations will be installed at a wide variety of locations, including McDonalds and Tim Horton’s restaurants, IKEA parking lots, Pearson International Airport, and at numerous municipal properties and businesses across Ontario. Over the coming year, about 200 Level 3 and 300 Level 2 charging stations will be installed across Ontario at over 250 locations.
This expansion in charging infrastructure across the province will help address “range anxiety,” a common concern of electric vehicle drivers over the distance electric vehicles can travel on a single charge. By building a more robust network of public charging stations across Ontario, electric vehicle owners can now plan longer trips with more confidence that a charging station will be accessible to support city to city travel and daily commutes.
Construction will commence in spring 2016 and charging stations should be operational by March 31, 2017.
Over 200 applications to the EVCO Program were received by the February 12, 2016 deadline, totaling over $165 million in funding requests. Applications were received from businesses, municipalities, Aboriginal communities or organizations, Local Distribution Companies, non-governmental organizations, Conservation Authorities and other legal entities.
Applications were evaluated based on the project’s potential to achieve Program goals, meet eligibility requirements and its strength compared to other projects. The evaluation criteria included optimal connectivity, site or corridor selection, innovativeness, cost efficiency and effectiveness, and reasonableness. Through this process, the strongest proposals that best aligned with Program objectives were selected.
We thank all who applied to the Program and appreciate how strongly they demonstrated their commitment to supporting electric vehicle travel in Ontario and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Climate Change Strategy.
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