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Canada investing $8M in Ontario’s EV charging network

The government of Canada is investing $8 million to build 160 fast chargers at 73 locations for EVs across the province of Ontario.

Funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and will allow Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to build one of the province’s largest EV networks.

The new investment is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help reach a target of 100% of passenger zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.

To reach this target, the Government of Canada is investing more than $300 million to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast-chargers for EVs, charging stations at apartment buildings, public places and workplaces, and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centers.



The great thing about this is that most of the "charging network" is already there, as the electric grid proper.  The major need now is for fast charging on major roads for long distance driving, which is a fairly small fraction of all driving and can be served very cheaply; if CDN300 million will do it, that's the price of maybe 150 liedrogen stations.  150 stations would scarcely serve greater Toronto.

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