Pickering adds high-speed EV chargers

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Published May 26, 2023 at 11:20 am

Mayor Kevin Ashe (left) and senior staffer Andrew Mullins, Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jennifer O'Connell, Councillors Shaheen Butt and David Pickles; and CAO Marisa Carpino

Pickering has launched its first publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and while the City may not have been the quickest off the mark in getting the project running, the decision to use high speed charging technology means it may have the fastest chargers east of the Poconos, or at least between Toronto and Kingston.

Public charging stations have been installed at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex downtown (two Level 3 fast chargers and four Level 2 stations) and the Pickering Operations Centre on Clements Road (six Level 3 stations).

“Real and meaningful action and investment in EV infrastructure is not only important to the City’s sustainability objectives but allows us to position Pickering as an accessible and convenient destination to visit and do business in as we see growth in the EV market,” said Mayor Kevin Ashe, who added that Pickering has also demonstrated leadership by electrifying a number of its own fleet vehicles, with intentions to expand.

in an effort to support EV ownership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By providing the fastest type of charging technology on the market, the City 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 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.

Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said the goal of the program is to make electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible for Canadians. “Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in Ontario, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”

Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jennifer O’Connell noted that nearly funding for 2,000 new chargers across the country was announced this week “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.”

 

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