Ontario is supporting Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers in their daily and long distance travels with the installation of four new solar-powered EV charging stations in the City of Brampton -- part of an unprecedented network of public EV charging stations being installed across Ontario.
Daiene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, was in Brampton today to announce that four new level 2 EV charging stations with a solar carport are now in service at the Brampton Soccer Centre. Brampton is the first municipality in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to offer a solar-powered EV charging station.
Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario program, the province is working with public- and private-sector partners to put over 200 level 3 and nearly 300 level 2 charging stations into service.
Building a more robust network of public chargers across Ontario allows EV owners to plan longer trips, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the new network of public fast-charging stations, EV drivers will be able to travel confidently from Windsor to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, and within and around Ontario's urban centres.
The charging network is funded by proceeds from Ontario's carbon market, which are invested into programs that help households and businesses fight climate change while saving energy and money, including home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.
Making it easier and more convenient to own and operate electric vehicles is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
" As the first municipality to offer solar-powered charging stations, the City of Brampton is showing its leadership. Now electric vehicle owners can drive with ease, knowing they have charging stations readily available for their daily commute. This is just the beginning as Ontario moves to provide more sustainable infrastructure across the province."
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
" This is great news for electric vehicle owners in the City of Brampton. By building a larger network of public chargers across Ontario, we are ensuring that electric vehicle owners are able to plan longer trips with confidence."
- Daiene Vernile
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
" We are investing proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market to make it easier for people to buy and drive electric vehicles. By building more charging stations we are supporting people in choosing low-carbon transportation and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions."
- Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
" Providing the infrastructure to support residents who choose electric vehicles, and using renewable energy sources, demonstrates our City’s continued commitment to preserving the natural environment. As the first municipality in the GTA to offer a solar-powered car charging station, this project is a great example of Brampton’s leadership and innovation."
- Linda Jeffrey
Mayor, City of Brampton
- The City of Brampton received $90,000 to complete its EV charging project, which includes four level 2 chargers with a solar carport.
- Including this newest addition to Brampton's growing network of electric vehicle charging stations, the City now offers 33 charging units at 10 locations. Additional units are scheduled for installation at Springdale Library, and Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library later this year.
- Level 2 charging stations use a 240 volt system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle from a zero per cent charge in about four to eight hours.
- Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
- Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined.
- There are more than 10,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.