Toronto City Council has approved the installation of 32 new on-street electric vehicles (EVs) charging stations this year, with plans to add another 50 by 2023

Within 15 kilometers of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, there are 864 public charging point ports (Level 3 and Level 2). Level 2 charging ports account for 93% of the ports, and 60 percent of the ports provide free charging for your electric vehicle.

Electric vehicle charging station usage has increased month over month in Toronto over the previous two years, according to the city council, which approved the installation of 32 additional charging stations on Wednesday, June 15.

Between October 2020 and April 2022, a 20-month trial found a total energy use of 127,923kilowatt-hours (kWh) in the city. According to the city’s calculations, this equates to roughly 130 metric tons of CO2 emissions that would have otherwise been emitted by internal combustion engine (ICE) equivalents.

The Residential and Downtown On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging Station pilot has been completed, and the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro is on pace to build 32 more on-street EV charging stations for 17 residential on-street permit parking areas by the end of the year.

During the pilot, 17 on-street Electric Vehicle charging stations were built in nine different places throughout the city. By the end of 2023, the Toronto Parking Authority will be fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of all current and future on-street chargers, with at least 50 more charging stations on the way.

“This year, we’re continuing to grow the number of EV chargers in our city, and we’re on target to do so in 2023,” says the mayor “According to a press statement from Mayor John Tory.

“The accomplishment of this green infrastructure trial is a significant step toward achieving one of North America’s most ambitious goals: lowering greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2040. It’s also great news for Toronto residents who wish to use electric cars. We’re not just making EV charging more accessible, but also expanding its availability.”

The city of Toronto said in a news release that the extension of public on-street Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure will support the city’s TransformTO Net Zero climate action plan and will promote and make EV adoption more affordable by providing access for families with limited capability to deploy on-site charging or who have limited access to on-site dedicated parking possibilities.

The city is also encouraging EV adoption by mandating EV charging infrastructure in new buildings, providing financing to encourage and support the installation of EV charging infrastructure in existing buildings, and installing public EV charging points in Green P parking lots (around 500 by the close of 2024) and other municipal-owned sites and facilities.

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