Making it Easier for Electric Vehicle Owners to Charge Up in Woodstock
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 three new EV charging stations in Woodstock -- part of an unprecedented network of public EV charging stations being installed across Ontario.
Parliamentary Assistant Daiene Vernile was at the Quality Inn today to announce that Oxford County has installed two Level 2 charging stations and one Level 3 charging station in Woodstock.
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.
- The County of Oxford received $350,760 to complete their EV charging project, which includes two level 2 chargers and one level 3 charger at each location in Woodstock and Ingersoll.
- 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.
- 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.
“By building charging stations across the province — including here in Oxford County — we are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also making it easier for people in Ontario to choose to purchase an electric vehicle.”
“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.”