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New electric vehicle chargers coming to York Region

Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada's Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

November 9, 2020  by CM Staff

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TORONTO — The Government of Canada announced $350,000 to help the Regional Municipality of York build 70 electric vehicle (EV) level 2 chargers to be installed across the region as part of the government’s commitment to a low-carbon future.

“We are providing greener options for Canadians to get where they need to go,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of Natural Resources, in a prepared statement. “This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP), which supports the government’s ambitious target that all new passenger cars sold in Canada by 2040 will be zero-emission. It also builds on the recent commitments made in the Speech from the Throne to make zero-emission vehicles more affordable while investing in more charging stations across the country.

The government has provided over $300 million to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers as well as charging in more localized areas, such as apartment buildings, on-street and workplaces. This investment also includes establishing natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

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Funding will also support the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies as well as the development of enabling codes and standards.