Ontario, Canada Antes Up $20 Million For Public Charging Infrastructure

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Ontario Looks To Improve Poor DC Fast Charging Situation In Ontario

Ontario Looks To Improve Poor DC Fast Charging Situation In Ontario

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

What to do when there is only ~6 public DC fast charging stations in your province of 13.7 million?

If you are Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and you happen to also be at the Paris Climate talks, you announce investing $20 million out of your new $325 million “new green investment fund” to boost the technology.

The full details of the program will be released shortly but the bulk of the $20 million will go to subsidizing public and private enterprise looking to install Level 3/DC fast charging infrastructure, with the balance to public L2.

Ms. Wynne said during the announcement of the program:

“Climate change is already costing the people of Ontario. It has devastated communities, damaged homes, businesses and crops, and increased insurance costs. Our government’s new Green Investment Fund will support concrete steps towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Building more charging stations will promote sustainable transportation while empowering people in Ontario who want to take action in the fight against climate change.”

Through June 2015, 3,791 "Green" Plates Have Been Issued In Ontario

Through June 2015, 3,796 “Green” Plates Have Been Issued In Ontario

The public charging program gets underway in the next fiscal year and will be allocated on a first come-first serve basis.

“This is great news for drivers in Ontario. By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

Currently, there are just over 5,500 plug-in vehicles operating in Ontario (through October 2015).  This despite the fact that the government also issues $8,500 rebate checks for every EV sold* (provided they meet minimum battery capacity standards).  No mention was made of extending the rebate program, as it is set to expire once cheque #10,000 is issued.

The Ontario government also issued this fact list surrounding COP21 and its new sustainability initiatives:

  • The government’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund was announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
  • While at COP21, Premier Wynne joined Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger in signing a new MOU that lays out the intent to link the cap and trade programs in all three provinces under the Western Climate Initiative, further strengthening North America’s largest carbon market.
  • Transportation in Ontario is the single-largest emitting sector in our economy. Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined. With a growing population and expanding urban regions, transportation emissions pose one of the province’s greatest challenges in achieving its emissions targets.
  • In just 10 years, Ontario has become a North American leader in the development, use and manufacturing of clean energy.
  • A Canada 2020 poll shows that 84 per cent of Canadians believe that prosperous countries such as Canada have an obligation to show international leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • In May 2015, Ontario became the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
  • There are approximately 5,400 electric vehicles currently registered in Ontario.

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20 responses to "Ontario, Canada Antes Up $20 Million For Public Charging Infrastructure"

  1. Well, after getting our butts kicked by Quebec on this front for a couple years, maybe now we can get in the game!

    Now, if we could get Canadian Tire to get on board with getting Pairs of DCQC’s along with a pair of L2’s at each Onroute service centre they operate at, we could get the start of our own Electric Highway.

    1. an_outsider says:

      I’m glad to see Ontario to join the DCFC network coverage and hope it will be interoperable with ours in Québec.

    2. an_outsider says:

      Circuit Électrique DCFCs (BRCC) map coverage https://goo.gl/RPdkf0

      Green: In service
      Orange: projected (Flag are nearly ready)

      + few more private units & Tesla SC as per http://www.plugshare.com

    3. GaryMulcahey says:

      I emailed the OnRoute folks back in the spring about charging stations. The reply was that they didn’t have any plans for charging stations. But a few days before I recieved that reply I was at the OnRoute just east of Brighton and there was a sign up in the parking lot that said “Future site of Electric Vehicle Charging Station”. So there is a disconnect there somewhere(no pun intended) at OnRoute.

      1. Gary, I think what they mean is they have no plans ‘on spending any money on’ charging stations.

        You should also know, tat Canadian Tire has the “exclusive rights to deliver energy” at the OnRoute sites in Ontario!

  2. sven says:

    That’s a lot of Loonies!

  3. pk says:

    “The full details of the program will be released shortly but the bulk of the $20 million will go to subsidizing public and private enterprise looking to install Level 3/DC fast charging infrastructure, with the balance to public L2.”

    I hope this is not going to be willy nilly subsidy program. When I first read it I thought the Ontario government was actually going to step up to the plate and build DCQC stations with the 20 million. Now it sounds more they’ll wait for others to step up and throw some money their way.

    I’m all for workplace charging and subsidizing should spur some of this on. But DCQC needs to put in the right places. I don’t need a DCQC at work as that would be huge waste of money. I’d rather have more L2 chargers. This would allow more people to commute all electric with less range. Quick chargers need to be at service centers on the major 400 series highways. Those of us who drive EVs and follow insideevs and gcr already know this. I just hope those in charge of this program also get this.

    1. martinwinlow says:

      Even L2 is a wate of money in my book. What’s the point of spending $00s (probably 000s) when a simple, cheap weatherised domestic-type, mains socket will do, especially if you are talking about parking for 8 hours. Even at 1kW, that’s enough for a 30 mile commute. Instead, spend it *all* on a government installed and government maintained strategic network of 50kW+ DC chargers intended for use by long distance drivers and those who can’t charge (slowly) at home or work. DON’T follow the example of all the idiotic UK government-subsidised DC chargers tucked away in town and city centre par parks that no-one will ever be able to get to, that are not supervised and so will be vandalised and/or left blocked by shoppers and Mitsubishi Outlander drivers for hours on end. Encourage (force?) every fuel station in the province to have at least one DC charger (even if it is a much cheaper 22kW one) and ban hybrids from using them. Ask your EV drivers what *they* want *before* spending all the money! MW EVBitz.uk

  4. kdawg says:

    $20,000,000 / $150,000 = 133 Supercharger stations.

    That’s more then enough to cover Ontario.

    1. Well, kdawg, the first one in Ontario, an Eaton unit, at Mitsubishi Canada, by Pearson Airport, Toronto, was valued at $100,000. So today’s installation at your $150,000 should be able to cover a pair of such installs!

      Maybe Tesla will reach for some of this $$, to expand their Supercharging sites in the province, since they had shown a plan to add one near Hamilton, and one more some 60 to 80 miles East of Toronto! Maybe Kathleen could get them to install one or two Dual Service (CHAdeMO + CCS) units beside each of their Ontario sites?

      Workplace charging should be a percentage of 120V services, either simple plugs, or 20 Amp X 120V EVSE’s, combined with a balance of 3.3 kW stations, like the $379.00 (US) LCS-20 from ClipperCreek / SunCountry Highway. The percent split should suit the number of people that drive shorter distances (120V), and either longer distances or can’t charge at home (240V). Each employe at our place has a sticker for general parking permission; so similarly – each EV Commuter should have a Sticker that they pay for to access the workplace charging stations.

      With a paid sticker, and a suitable daily rate for five days per week charging billed just like other deductible fees, like sports club, donations, etc, their should be less argument over getting free Energy – from co workers and others, and allows security to identify those illegal parking in said spots if they have no authorization sticker!

      Employers who pride themselves as being on top of their ISO 14001 Environmental policies, should be able to handle this! I think the cost should be easy to calculate: what do the actual charges per kWh amount to for the company, on average, all in, Times the delivery rate of the EVSE or provided plug (120V is typically just 1.4 kW; and the 20 Amp ClipperCreek LCS20 is 3.3 kW), times 6 or 8 hours per day, according to normal work schedules at the company, times 5 days per week. So: either 1.4 x (for example) $0.10 / kWH x 8 Hours x 5 Days = $5.60 per week; or 3.3 x $0.10 x 8 Hous x 5 days = $13.20 per week. If electricity costs more, just plug that in instead of the $0.10 per kWh price suggested value above! Same if it costs less!

      So, even at $0.20 per kWh, it only is $11.20 – $26.40 per week for an employee to pay for the benefit of having now double the usable electric range, or no range issues, versus only charging at home! Of course, if your commute is very short, this does not benefit you much, if you don,t have room to take on at least 1.4 x 8 = 11.2 kWh each day at work! If using a 3.3 kW station, you would need to be able to take at least 26.4 kWh of energy – so a nearly empty 30 kWh battery LEAF would have best value paying for the higher charging rate, as well as employees who park at work but leave part of the day to meet clients!

      1. pk says:

        Not all bosses are the same. I offered to pay for the install of an L2 EVSE at work. I explained how 120V outlets would be good enough too for many commuters in case they didn’t want the L2. Management was having none of it.
        Some people just don’t get it or just don’t give a ****

        1. Chris says:

          Yeah – I know.

          So that’s why they need to make it the LAW, by X date to have X chargers available to employees. If they can make accessibility laws (now mandatory in Ontario), they certainly can make EV charging access available. It’s all about political will…

          Think about it though – the number of people who do not own or have never operated an EV, yet post idiotic and uninformed comments on how “EVs won’t work”… as they continue to burn through non-renewable resources to warm a chair in an office (when they could probably have just worked from home.. yet management wouldn’t have that either). There’s so much wrong with the typical Canadian “Can’t do” attitude that seems to be so prevalent these days.
          Very unfortunate – opportunity wasted.

  5. Greg says:

    Public transit parking lots should install 20A plugs as well. Cheap and effective for EVs parked there for the duration of a typical working day. Should be code now IMHO.

  6. Epicurus says:

    There should be a federal program to install fast chargers along U.S. interstates. Compare the cost to a month of war in Iraq or Afghanistan.

  7. techguy says:

    OMG .. I think I see @DBTCEV rapid chargers in Ontario (according to the pic in this article).

    God help the premier if she hands all this money to that firm. Look at the state of them in the UK. You need ABB (not Efacec/Siemens) for proper reliability.

  8. Bruno Marcoux says:

    In Québec, the DC fast chargers are supplied locally by a company called Addénergie. They have two outlets each (ccs and chademo). A DC fast cheger costs 50k$ and charging costs is 10$ per hour. On a 24kwh Leaf, an 80% charge takes 20 minutes and costs 3.33$.

    Restaurant chain St-Hubert and Nissan are partnering to install these all over Québec. Nissan is paying for the cost of 50% of 25 dc fast chargers, 25% of the cost is paid by st-hubert restaurants and 25% by hydro-québec. This stretches the government money and is good for Nissan sales as well as st-hubert and all commerces near the charging site.

    While I wait 20 minutes for my charge, my wife and kids usually visit neighboring commerces to spend money. Purchasing taxed goods with money saved on fuel.

    Also, hydro-québec collects rather than petrol companies. It keeps money in the local economy.

    Hydro runs the site called lecircuitelectrique.com. You pay with a hid card that you recharge on that site with any credit card. L2 works 2 ways, reseauvert interoperable with the same card charges 1$/hour and lecircuitelectrique has a 2.50$ flat rate.

    Charging at home costs 1.50$ for 24kwh. Equivalent of 6$ for 600km of driving. That’s 90% cheaper than gas.

    So we are now getting a province-wide electrical refuelling network run by hydro-québec :).

    For the United States people, hydro-Québec is a nationalized hydro-electric company. The fact that it has a monopoly since the 1970s hasn’t increased the cost of electricity. Quite the opposite, we have the lowest cost of electricity in North America. And 98% of it comes from clean and renewable energy (mostly hydro and a little bit of wind).

    Government also pays 50% of L2 charger installation and purchasing cost at home. Maximum payback from government is 1000$. Since 90% of all charging occurs at home, that is the most important subsidy.

  9. Ian says:

    A big problem with a province wide charging plan is that there is no one spearheading one. Quebec has a province run hydro corporation where Ontario in its wisdom carved it’s hydro electric grid into mini fiefdoms of electric companies each looking after its own area with no one brain making future plans like charging stations. At this point the Canadians buying electric cars are risk takers living with short range vehicles that are even shorter range in our 4 to 6 month winters. I will never regret my decision to buy electric however I can never drive more then 85 miles from my house with the expectancy of driving 85 more. Hopefully the plan is to create an electric highway throughly Ontario and I welcome the day.

  10. cmg186 says:

    LONG overdue! I have quick charged my 2012 i-MiEV a grand total of zero times, due to no quick chargers being within driving range! I was only aware of one quick charger in the province(the aforementioned Mitsubishi headquarters station), where are the other five?

    1. pk says:

      One at Nissan’s headquarters about 1 km from Mitsubishi near Pearson airport.
      One at Powerstream HQ at the 400/Major Mac (dual standard)
      One at Markham Civic Centre Hwy 7/Warden(dual standard) $10/hr
      One at BMW Head Office. 404/Major Mac (CCS only)

      1. cmg186 says:

        Thank you! I’m assuming a bunch of these appeared in the last year or so? Still none within i-MiEV range though. 🙁