ONTARIO BUILDING HUNDREDS OF E-VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS
Apr 28, 2016
By Bob Komsic
If you’re one of the roughly 58-hundred owners of an electric vehicle in the province, you’ll be happy to know the government will spend $20-million to build nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province next year.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the government will work with about two dozen private and public sector partners to create a network of charging stations at more than 250 locations.
They’ll be set up along highways, in cities, and at workplaces, condos and some public places.
Del Duca hopes a network of charging stations will address the ”range anxiety” some have about the limits e-vehicles can travel compared with regular cars and trucks.Some locations will have only a Level 2 charger, that can fully charge a vehicle in four-to-six hours, others will have Level 3 or Direct Current Fast Chargers, which can charge a vehicle to 80 percent in 30-minutes, and some will have both.
The province recently increased incentives for e-car buyers with rebates of up to $14,000 – but they’re capped at $3,000 for vehicles priced from $75,000 and $150,000.