As Ontario’s provincial government charges up its action plan to combat climate change, it will become a little bit easier for electric vehicles to get a charge as well.
The province will be building nearly 500 charging stations at 250 locations across the province, including a handful in London, with the goal of making it easier to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making electric cars more driver-friendly.
The network, which focuses on public places and large workplaces in cities along highways, will be funded through a $20 million cash injection under the province’s Green Investment Fund and will see the government work with 24 public- and private-sector partners to deliver the space and stations.
The three London stations will be at Wellington Rd. S. near the 401, Wellington St. downtown, and on Clarke Rd.
A statement from the government said that “range anxiety”–uncertainty about whether a vehicle charge can last longer distances–prevents some drivers from choosing electric vehicles.
Under the new network, which will be in service by the end of March next year, the government says drivers will be able to travel from Windsor to Ottawa or Toronto to North Bay without needing to worry about finding a charge.
“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we are encouraging more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.
The Green Investment Fund is the same program that subsidizes energy retrofits for homes and green energy initiatives for some businesses.
According to one member of Wynne’s government, however, transportation is by far the largest priority.
“Transportation is one of the single biggest contributors to climate change. Supporting more charging stations across the province will help to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by making it more convenient for drivers of electric vehicles to get around,” said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.