The Canadian government is providing a further eight million dollars to set up 160 new fast chargers at 73 locations in the province of Ontario. The charging stations will be operated under the name Ivy Charging Network.
To implement the project, utilities Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation have formed a joint venture called Ivy Charging Network. The duo aims to use funds from the state-owned Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI) to install an extensive rapid charging network in Ontario – with an average distance of no more than 100 kilometres between individual stations. However, Ivy Charging Network has announced that it does not intend to operate the stations itself. Greenlots, a subsidiary of the Shell Group, is to manage the stations.
Canada has set itself the goal of discontinuing the sale of internal combustion vehicles in 2040 and from then on only permitting the sale of zero-emission vehicles in the country – with interim targets of 10 per cent by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030. To achieve these goals, the Canadian government intends to invest more than 300 million dollars in building a dense network of charging stations from coast to coast. To date, the Ministry of Natural Resources (Natural Resources Canada) has reportedly supported the installation of 830 fast-charging stations.
Less than a year ago, the government also made zero-emission vehicles more affordable by introducing a purchase incentive of up to $5,000 and a full tax write-off for the use of zero-emission vehicles in business transactions. Also, Canada and California signed a Memorandum of Understanding in summer 2019 to jointly promote cleaner vehicles. This includes accelerating the introduction of electric cars.