Ontario to invest $20 million in stations to charge up electric cars

Excerpt from an article published in the Toronto Star on December 8, 2016.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that her government is investing $20 million toward hundreds of electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed within and between urban centres.

Environment Minister Glen Murray, who along with Wynne is participating in the Paris climate summit, said the investment will go toward two types of charging stations: Slower Level 2 chargers to be installed at workplaces where vehicles are parked for hours and much faster Level 3 chargers that can replenish most of a vehicle’s battery system within 30 minutes.

“The program will be application-based on a first-come, first-serve basis,” said Murray, pointing out that the $20 million will be spent within the fiscal year and is just a start. “The program will be elaborated on in the next budget year, so this is really a kick-start program.”

Wynne said the move is part of many initiatives that will come out of the province’s new climate plan, which focuses on reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that come from transportation and building. The coal phase-out completed last year makes EVs that run on Ontario grid electricity that much cleaner.
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