Natural Resources Canada continues its infrastructure advance through its ZEVIP scheme as the authority announced a $2-million investment in Alectra Utilities Corporation. The amount, which amounts to around 1.5 million euros, will support the installation of up to 340 EV chargers across Ontario.
Alectra says it will select recipients through a transparent process based on demand. The utility will then install all EV chargers in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets, workplaces, or facilities to serve light-duty vehicle fleets by October 2023. Alectra did not disclose which type of EV charging they would offer.
The new announcement follows earlier news regarding the same funding scheme. Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a $280-million program ending in 2024.
Previous investments granted public charging points in Windsor-Essex County in Ontario, Alberta, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and Nova Scotia. On our count, these initiatives now entail a total of up to 1,444 public EV chargers.
That is 250 AC chargers for Nova Scotia, up to 300 EV chargers across Windsor-Essex County in Ontario, 260 EV chargers across Alberta, and 294 EV chargers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Plus the 340 chargers announced today.
All those projects are made possible through Natural Resources Canada. The government added since 2015, Canada has invested one billion dollars in making EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. Investments in charging infrastructure made so far will result in more than 25,000 new chargers, estimates the authority.
Canada has set a mandatory target for all new light-duty cars and passenger trucks to be zero-emission by 2035. So far, over 130,000 Canadians and Canadian businesses have claimed the federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle.