Making it Easier for Electric Vehicle Owners to Charge Up in Peterborough
Province Building Nearly 500 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across Ontario
The province is supporting Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers in their daily and long distance travels with the installation of nine new EV charging stations in Peterborough--part of an unprecedented network of public EV charging stations being installed across Ontario.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal were at Lansdowne Place Mall today to announce that the Peterborough Utilities Group has installed seven Level 2 charging stations and two Level 3 charging stations at six locations throughout the Peterborough area.
Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) program, the province is working with 24 public- and private-sector partners to put over 200 Level 3 and nearly 300 Level 2 charging stations into service.
Building a more robust network of public chargers across Ontario allows EV owners to plan longer trips and reduces concerns about the range of vehicles, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the new network of public fast-charging stations, EV drivers will be able to travel confidently from Windsor to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, and within and around Ontario's urban centres.
Making it easier and more convenient to own and operate electric vehicles is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Peterborough Utilities Group received $291,480 to complete their EV charging project.
- Level 2 charging stations use a 240 volt system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle from a zero per cent charge in about four to eight hours. Level 3 charging stations use a 480 volt system and can charge a vehicle to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.
- The EVCO network has been added to Ontario 511 Traveller Information Service. The interactive map provides key information about every station location such as the address, types of charging stations and whether each are in service.
- Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
- Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined.
- There are nearly 10,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.
“This is great news for electric vehicle owners in Peterborough — by building a larger network of public chargers across Ontario, we are ensuring that electric vehicle owners are able to plan longer trips with confidence.”
“Transportation represents thirty five percent of greenhouse gas pollution in Ontario. By investing in building more charging stations in the province, Ontario is making it easier for vehicle owners to choose and drive electric vehicles and fight climate change.”
“By building charging stations right here in Peterborough and in Norwood and Lakefield, we are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also making it easier for Ontarians to choose to purchase an electric vehicle.”