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Charge EV for free in downtown Oshawa until Sept 15

Oshawa Power has temporarily assumed the charging costs at downtown core charging stations, said a company statement.

It said the free charge will end September 15. At that point, standard EV rates will apply.

On-street stations have been installed and activated in the following locations:

  • 100 Simcoe Street South
  • 45 King St. E
  • 40 King St. W
  • 8 Bond St. W

Earlier this month new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were launched in the Downtown Core. Access to charging has been a barrier to consumer adoption, and now through a collaborative partnership with the city, the Region of Durham, and partially funded by Natural Resources Canada, driving range and charging access is less of a concern. This investment in level 2 chargers will make EV charging more accessible to all visiting the downtown core.

Ivano Labricciosa, President and CEO of Oshawa Power, speaks to electrification as the next step in planning energy requirements for Oshawa. “Since 2018, Oshawa Power has invested in electrification. We have been planning and advancing the infrastructure to support the growing demands and evolution in the industry, population growth and the clean energy movement. With grid enhancements, planning for fluctuations, research on battery storage needs and how to feed the grid efficiently, Oshawa Power is confident that the system is ready to handle the impacts and needs.”

Promoting use and access to EV charging is critical to electrification and EV adoption in Durham. Currently, Oshawa is the fastest growing community in Canada and is expected to have an increase in EV adoption—recent data indicates there are nearly 1000 registered EVs in Oshawa and growing.

Left to right: Councillor Rick Kerr, Councillor Jane Hurts, Mayor Dan Carter, Jason King, CEO, Chamber of Commerce, Regional and City Councillor Bob Chapman, Councillor Derek Giberson, and Regional and City Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri, at the launch.

Quick Facts

  • As of February 2022, there are 75, 274 EVS registered in Ontario
  • Transportation accounts for 25 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
  • To date, over 130,000 Canadians and Canadian businesses have taken advantage of the federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle.

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