500 electric vehicle charging stations coming to Ontario
The province is working with 24 public- and private-sector partners to create an unprecedented network of public charging electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways, at workplaces and at various public places across Ontario.
This includes over 200 Level 3 and nearly 300 Level 2 charging stations. The entire network will be in service by March 31, 2017.
The province's $20-million investment under Ontario's Green Investment Fund will expand charging infrastructure across the province and will help address "range anxiety," a common concern of consumers regarding the distance electric vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.
Building a more robust network of public chargers across Ontario allows electric vehicle owners to plan longer trips knowing that charging stations are as readily available as gas stations.
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.
The $325-million Green Investment Fund, an initial investment in Ontario's new five-year Climate Change Action Plan, is already strengthening the economy, creating good jobs and driving innovation while fighting climate change - a strong signal of what Ontarians can expect from the plan and proceeds from the province's cap and trade program.
These investments will help secure a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future and transform the way we live, move, work and adapt to our environment while ensuring strong, sustainable communities. ■