Mar 29, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The Ontario government won’t make its self-imposed deadline of the end of this month – to have a network of almost 500 electric vehicle charging stations up and running.
Officials with the Ministry of Transportation say about two-thirds of the stations will be functioning by Friday – and the rest of them should be in place by the autumn.
The chargers are being installed with 24 private and public-sector partners.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says some have been delayed by the permit process and technical issues.
The Wynne Liberal government is putting $20 million into the charging stations to help address so-called “range anxiety” – which is often cited as a barrier to people buying electric vehicles – because they worry about the distance the vehicle can travel.
The almost 500 stations include about 300 Level 2 chargers – which fully charge a vehicle in about four to six hours – and about 200 Level 3 chargers, which power up a vehicle to 80 per cent – in about half an hour.
Del Duca says a map on the ministry’s website – showing charging station locations – should be updated within the next few days.