The province’s Liberal government hopes to double the number of electric cars now on Ontario’s roads. And it’s moving in that direction, announcing it will build almost 500 electric vehicle charging stations at over 250 locations across the province.
The government wants five percent of annual passenger car sales to be electric; currently, there are fewer than 7,000 of them in Ontario. Last year, 284,000 passenger cars were sold, meaning the government’s goal is to galvanize about 14,000 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and other brand electric car sales.
To encourage more residential use of electric vehicles, the province is working with 24 public- and private sector partners to create an unprecedented network of 250 public charging electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways, at workplaces and at public places such as Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.
The entire $20 million network will be in service by the end of March 2017, allowing electric cars users to travel confidently from Windsor or Ottawa or from Toronto to North Bay and within and around major urban centres.
More than 300 of the chargers will be located around Toronto and Hamilton urban areas, featuring 84 high-speed, 480-volt fast chargers capable of delivering four-fifths of a full charge within 30 minutes. The remainder will be plug-in 240-volt connections, ideal for business installations, with a four- to six-hour charge. A cost of up to $10 is anticipated, with credit card payment available.
Citing an aim to reduce “range anxiety” concerns, Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, said that by investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, (the network) “will encourage the purchase of electric vehicles,” helping to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.