As Ontario’s provincial government charges up its action plan to combat climate change, it will become a little bit easier for electric vehicles to get a charge as well.

 

More and more vehicle shoppers want to go green, but that desire doesn’t often turn into an actual purchase because of what’s called “range anxiety”—fear of not being able to get to one’s destination on a full charge.

 

The Ontario government plans to remove that problem for the province’s 7,000 electric vehicle owners and those looking to become them.

 

The province’s $20 million investment under Ontario’s Green Investment Fund will expand charging infrastructure across the province by building a more robust network of public chargers at convenient locations to allow electric vehicle owners to plan longer trips knowing that charging stations are as readily available as gas stations.

With the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) network, drivers will be able to travel from Windsor to Ottawa or from Toronto to North Bay and within and around major urban centres.

The government is working with 24 public and private sector partners to build close to 500 charging stations at over 250 locations in Ontario.

 

The entire network will be in service by March 31, 2017.

 

With transportation’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, the provincial government said that shifting to low- and zero-emission vehicles is vital to curb climate change.

 

“More public charging stations is great news for drivers…who are considering a change to low and zero emission vehicles. This means owners of electric vehicles can now plan longer trips knowing that a charging station is readily available,” said Oak Ridges–Markham MPP Helena Jaczek.

 

The list of locations includes 19 in York Region and six in Markham. The Markham charging stations include two on Commerce Valley Dr. W. and two on Allstate Parkway.

 

For EV drivers currently in need of a charge, there is a Level 3 Electric Vehicle (L3 EV) charging station at the Markham Civic Centre which offers an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes at an affordable price. Visit www.markham.ca for details and other locations.