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Toronto launches on-street electric charging station pilot

Seventeen on-street EV charging stations will be installed and activated for public use at locations around the city, made possible by Toronto Hydro through an agreement with Flo.

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In 2018, more than 6,200 EVs were registered in Toronto compared to 1,600 EVs in 2016
In 2018, more than 6,200 EVs were registered in Toronto compared to 1,600 EVs in 2016

The City of Toronto and the electric utility Toronto Hydro have launched an on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging station pilot.

 

Seventeen on-street EV charging stations will be installed and activated for public use at locations around the city, made possible by Toronto Hydro through an agreement with charge station manufacturer Flo.

 

Electric vehicle use

 

More Toronto residents than ever before own electric vehicles. In 2018, more than 6,200 EVs were registered in Toronto compared to just 1,600 EVs in 2016, and that number continues to increase. In a poll conducted in preparation for the pilot, 71 per cent of residents who participated were likely to purchase an EV in the next five years, and more said that they would consider purchasing EVs if charging stations were available.

 

The pilot will be measured against a variety of information including usage data, feedback from electric vehicle owners who use the stations, and feedback from the community.

 

The charging station parking spots are open to all electric vehicle owners with a level two connection on their vehicle. Overnight, when permit parking regulations are in effect, only permit holders with an electric vehicle that is actively being charged (plugged in) can park in these spots.

 

Users will be charged a rate to charge their electric vehicle. Toronto Hydro, in agreement with the City of Toronto, established the EV charging rates, which are competitive with the cost of other public charging stations in Toronto.

 

To use the stations, EV drivers can quickly register for an account online with Flo, Canada’s largest EV charging network. Once signed up, users can download the app and order a Flo card that they will use to activate the station and charge their vehicle.

“The EV charging station pilot is yet another example of our city’s ability to introduce programmes that will make it easier for residents to become environmentally friendly and for our city to reduce its carbon footprint”

In 2019, Toronto City Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency and adopted a stronger emissions reduction target: net zero by 2050 or sooner. The EV charging station pilot is one of many initiatives that will help the City advance that goal.

 

“Addressing climate change has been a top priority for our city. By adopting emerging, sustainable and environmentally sensible technologies, Toronto has become a leader in its efforts in addressing the ongoing climate crisis,” said mayor John Tory.

 

He continued: “The EV charging station pilot is yet another example of our city’s ability to introduce programmes that will make it easier for residents to become environmentally-friendly and for our city to reduce its carbon footprint. While we continue to navigate the unprecedented times of a global pandemic, we must also remain diligent in our commitment to finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

Locations were selected because they have enough capacity for dedicated EV parking spots which allowed for easy installation with minimal disruption to pedestrians and the community. In total, 11 residential parking permit spots in three city wards have been allocated for use by electric vehicles that are charging.

 

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