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Minister Wilkinson launches call for proposals for zero-emission vehicle initiative

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Studies show that one of the primary barriers to adoption is low familiarity with ZEVs and relevant infrastructure.

OTTAWA — Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson has launched a call for proposals for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative.

The initiative’s 2022 CFP will help fund new projects that aim to increase awareness and knowledge of ZEVs as well as charging and refuelling infrastructure to help increase public confidence in these vehicles and their economic and environmental benefits.

Natural Resources Canada will provide funding through non-repayable  contributions of between 50 and 75 percent of the total eligible project costs, with a  maximum funding of up to $300,000 per project. The CFP will close on August 18.

Since 2015, Canada has invested over $3 billion to help make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. The country’s Ministry of Natural Resources says these investments will support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers in local areas where Canadians live, while federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV.

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The Canadian government says addressing gaps in ZEV knowledge and experience remains vital to supporting the transition to ZEVs. Studies show that one of the primary barriers to adoption is low familiarity with ZEVs and relevant infrastructure.

“Through the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative, we’re equipping Canadians with the knowledge they need to confidently make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle. Ensuring easy access to EVs across Canada is a critical part of our plan to lower emissions and achieve our climate goals. Through these and similar investments, we are putting more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future,” said Wilkinson in a statement.

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