Electric Vehicle Charging Available at GO Stations
Ontario Government Supporting Green Transportation
New electric vehicle charging stations are up and running at five GO stations in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to make it easier for drivers to use environmentally friendly transportation.
Starting today, Aurora, Centennial, Lincolnville, Oakville and Whitby GO stations will offer charging stations for electric vehicles. Ajax, Burlington, Pickering, Erindale and Clarkson GO stations will open electric vehicle charging facilities in early 2014.
Charging a car will be free for the first month; after that, each charging session will cost $2.50. Electric vehicle users can wave a credit card or a Chargepoint smart card over a card reader to pay for their electric vehicle charging access.
Supporting sustainable, green transportation is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- These new stations are part of a three-year pilot program, which may be expanded depending on demand.
- Electric vehicles have a number of benefits compared to conventional vehicles, including lower operating and maintenance costs, less vehicle noise and reduced emissions of harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
- With GO Transit’s 15-minute Service Guarantee, GO Train riders may get a credit if their arrival is delayed 15 minutes or more.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $19.3 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $9.1 billion in GO Transit.
“These new electric vehicle charging stations support environmentally friendly transportation. They also help improve public transit by providing commuters with another option for accessing GO stations, along with carpooling, kiss-and-ride facilities and bicycle storage.”
“This is good news for residents in Oakville. An electric vehicle charging station right in the Oakville GO parking lot is a very practical way to encourage greener transportation options and help reduce vehicle emissions in our community.”
“Launching a network of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates how Metrolinx is investing in sustainable transportation, a key component of The Big Move.”