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EV chargers coming to rural counties in Ontario

This investment will go toward Level 2 and Level 3 chargers to help make EV charging more accessible in these rural areas.

February 25, 2022   by CM Staff

LONDON — Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced a $2 million investment in EPCOR Utilities Inc. to help install up to 200 electric vehicle chargers in rural counties surrounding London, Ont., and in the South Georgian Bay area within the coming year.

This investment will go toward Level 2 and Level 3 chargers to help make EV charging more accessible in these rural areas.

EPCOR Utilities, through its Go EV program, is now accepting applications from businesses, municipalities and multi-unit residential buildings (MURBS) until Mar. 31 to receive up to 50 per cent of the costs associated with purchasing and installing charging stations. The program is prepared to match up to a total of $100,000 for each.

The statement from Natural Resources Canada also said that EV chargers will then be installed in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets and at workplaces or facilities for servicing light-duty vehicle fleets by March 2023.

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The investment was made through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).

“We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in Ontario, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals,” said Wilkinson.


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