The City of Pickering has launched its first publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in an effort to support EV ownership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The project was partially funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, which provided funding to Elexicon Group to help support the installation of EV chargers across Ontario.
Public charging station are located at:
- Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex (1867 Valley Farm Road) – six charging stations with two Level 3 and four Level 2 stations); and
- Pickering Operations Centre (1955 Clements Road) – six charging stations all Level 2.
By providing the fastest type of charging technology on the market, the city said it is ensuring that, in many cases, a user can charge their EV’s battery to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, with the Level 3 charger, as opposed to receiving a full charge in four hours or more with the Level 2.
The city has also electrified a number of its own fleet vehicles, with intentions to expand.
“I’m proud to say that this makes Pickering the first municipality, east of Toronto and west of Kingston, to offer the convenience of high-speed charging through its two Level 3 chargers, located at the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex,” said Mayor Ashe.
“The Government of Canada is investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge. “Just today, we announced nearly 2,000 new chargers across the country. Partners like Elexicon Group and the City of Pickering are helping to deploy these chargers so that Canadians can make the switch to EVs. These are the technologies of the future, from manufacturing to charging and recycling, we are all-in on the clean economy. This is how we are taking climate action, while helping Canadians to save money at the pump.”