The province is investing $20 million from Ontario’s Green Investment Fund to build nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations at over 250 locations in Ontario in 2017.
Ontario is working with 27 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 investment is part of the $20 million Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program.
This expansion in charging infrastructure will help address “range anxiety,” a common concern of consumers regarding the distance electric vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.
Tranportation minister Steven Del Duca says by building a more robust network of public chargers across Ontario, electric vehicle owners can now plan longer trips with more confidence that a charging station is as readily available as a gas station is.
Some locations will have only a Level 2 charger, which can fully charge a vehicle in four to six hours, others will have Level 3 _ or Direct Current Fast Chargers _ that can charge a vehicle to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, and some will have both.
Del Duca says in just 10 years, Ontario has become a North American leader in the development, use and manufacturing of clean energy.
There are approximately 6,400 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.