‘It’s a great opportunity’ for Toronto to open new electric car charging stations
Transit, parking, and even a good coffee are all things electric vehicles can do for us.
But what about the car itself?
The Ontario government is hoping to offer more than just a new way to get around the city.
In a bid to spur the electric car market, it’s hoping to add a second electric car parking spot.
The province has set aside $25 million for the project.
“We want to provide more than a new parking spot,” Transportation Minister Deb Matthews said Tuesday.
“Our goal is to get electric vehicles out there in large numbers and be a viable transportation option for people who can’t drive.”
The first of the new spots is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021, and the second in early 2019.
The provincial government expects to make $1.8 million to $2.2 million from the two new spots.
“There are many benefits,” Matthews said.
“For example, there is an opportunity to develop the EV-only business.
The EV-car business is not just for people that want to drive, but it’s also a very viable business for businesses.”
The provincial plan is the latest in a string of provincial initiatives to spur electric vehicle sales.
In February, Ontario launched its first phase of charging stations for electric vehicles in a pilot project in Etobicoke, Ont.
Last year, Ontario began charging at four new EV charging sites, with another planned for 2020.
The program is expected to be completed in 2019.
In July, Ontario also began charging EV vehicles at four EV-driving centres in Brampton and Richmond Hill.
In May, the province also launched the first of two new EV-charging locations in Vaughan, with more to come.
Matthews said the province was also looking to extend the program into other cities.
“In the next couple of years we’ll have some of these charging stations up in Ontario,” she said.
The new electric cars will also provide a convenient way to recharge.
Matthews pointed out that the vehicles are “all connected to one another, to the grid, and there’s a lot of information that’s being collected on those systems.”
The province also plans to add charging stations at some other locations in the future, although they’re not yet scheduled to open.
“They’re not necessarily coming to Toronto,” Matthews added.
“I don’t want to wait until they’re up and operational to start moving people around the province.” “
Matthews also said the new electric vehicle charging stations will not be available for all customers, although she said they will be available to “certain groups” in the province. “
I don’t want to wait until they’re up and operational to start moving people around the province.”
Matthews also said the new electric vehicle charging stations will not be available for all customers, although she said they will be available to “certain groups” in the province.
In fact, the minister said the program is targeted at people who are eligible for the Ontario Works program, which gives tax credits for purchasing new electric vehicles.