Natural Resources Canada continues its infrastructure advance through its ZEVIP scheme as the authority announced a C$2 million investment in Alectra Utilities Corporation. The amount will support the installation of up to 340 EV chargers across Ontario.
Alectra will select recipients through a transparent process, based on demand. The utility will then install all EV chargers in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets, workplaces, or facilities to serve light-duty vehicle fleets by October 2023. Alectra did not disclose which type of EV charging they would offer.
Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a $280-million program ending in 2024. Previous investments granted public charging points in Ontario, Alberta, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and Nova Scotia. According to estimates, these initiatives now entail a total of up to 1,444 public EV chargers comprising of 250 AC chargers for Nova Scotia, up to 300 EV chargers across Windsor-Essex County in Ontario, 260 EV chargers across Alberta, and 294 EV chargers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Plus the 340 chargers announced today.
All those projects are made possible through Natural Resources Canada. Since 2015, Canada has invested a historic $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. These investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, while federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV. Investments in charging infrastructure made so far will result in more than 25,000 new chargers, estimates the authority. These investments are yet another step in reaching Canada’s target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035.
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