Canadian Government funds 6,000 EV charging stations
Updates as part of national #EVWeek also include Umicore and e-truck funding.
Canada has announced funding for 6,000 EV chargers as part of a series of announcements during the national EV Week. Investments total CAD 45 million (nearly €34Mn), with local governments and companies such as Hydro Québec or Shell Canada benefitting from the funds.
Hydro Québec received the largest part of the pot and will spend $4.6 million to install up to 840 EV chargers across Quebec. The company aims to complete the project by March 2024 and says it will select public locations based on demand. Shell Canada received $3.95 million to install 79 EV chargers across 37 retail locations. The oil corporation claims “critical corridors” in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Among the governmental beneficiaries is Prince Edward Island’s Ministry of the Environment, which will install up to 250 EV chargers on the island with $2Mn in funding. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure received $1.7Mn to install 128 EV chargers in Burnaby and across British Columbia.
Other projects include Peak Power Inc., Eco-West Canada, and the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association. The latter got $2Mn to install up to 300 EV chargers across Manitoba, including for light commercial EVs.
Other e-mobility developments in Canada
The announcement also included updates on current e-mobility projects. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Umicore in welcoming the company’s plans to invest $1.5 billion in Canada to establish an electric vehicle battery component factory in Loyalist Township, Ontario. The Government expects thousands of jobs during construction and hundreds of long-term positions upon completion. The statement called Made-in-Canada battery materials an essential part of ensuring North American energy and mineral security.
On the new iMHZEV Program, announced a week ago, the Government confirmed providing nearly $550 million over four years to support purchasing or leasing medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles. The preceding ‘Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program’ enabled Canadians to get over 141,000 new light-duty EVs since 2019.