Canadian Utility gains $1.6M funding for 300 EV chargers in Ontario county

Jan. 19, 2022
The new EV chargers will be available by September 2023

The Canadian government has announced a C$2 million (approximately $1.6M U.S.) investment to utility firm Essex Powerlines Corporation to install up to 300 EV chargers across Windsor-Essex County.

The funding will be provided through the Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). The Charge Up project will accept applications from qualified recipients who propose to install charging infrastructure in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and on the streets.

The new EV chargers will be available by September 2023.

The Canadian government has already invested C$1 billion in charging infrastructure and to make EVs more affordable for Canadians. These investments support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and to provide rebates to Canadians on purchasing EVs. Moreover, the investments support Canada’s target of ensuring that all passenger vehicles sold in the country are zero-emission by 2035.

Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, Irek Kusmierczyk said, “This investment empowers Windsor-Essex residents and businesses to lead the transition to electric vehicles, helping our community take a giant step toward a future that is clean, green and prosperous.”

Transportation accounts for 25% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. 

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