TORONTO - Ontario will spend $20 million over the next nine months to build almost 500 electric vehicle charging stations at over 250 locations across the province, the government announced July 13.
The province is working with 24 public- and private-sector partners to create the network of public charging electric vehicle stations including over 200 Level 3 and nearly 300 Level 2 charging stations.
The entire network will be in service by March 31, 2017. An interactive map of the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) network of stations will be accessible on Ontario 511. Station location data will also be posted on Ontario's Open Data Catalogue to allow software developers and other interested parties to use the data in their mobile application or digital product development.
Drivers can also search for EVCO online to find specific charging locations.
The province's spending comes from Ontario's Green Investment Fund and will help address "range anxiety," a common concern of consumers regarding the distance electric vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles, its media statement indicates.
There are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario. Over 200 applications to the EVCO program were received between Dec. 21, 2015 and Feb. 12, 2016, the province says.