Toronto will soon add roadside Level 2 chargers to nine neighbourhoods, as part of a pilot project designed to promote EV ownership and ease charging woes.

A joint effort between Toronto Hydro, the city, and AddÉnergie will see the 17 new chargers added curbside in select neighbourhoods; dedicated parking spots for charging EVs will also be added.

This will make it easier for people who don’t have garages or driveways to justify owning an EV.

The streets that will be receiving FLO chargers include: 500 Commissioners St. (M4M 3N7) 43 Alton Ave. (M4L 2M3) Oakcrest Ave. & Westlake Ave. (M4C 1B8) 248 Shaw St. (M6J 2W9) 10 Palmerston Ave. (M6J 2H7) 29 Bowmore Rd. (M4L 3H8) 124 Mountjoy Ave. (M4J 1J8) 91 Elizabeth St. (M5G 1P4) 355 Wellington St. W. (M5V 1E7)

The privilege for parking in the spots overnight will be allocated to those with a valid street parking permit, and only to those with an EV. During the daytime, EVs who wish to park in the spot will be charged $2 per hour, or $3 overnight.

The first cities to introduce electric car charging stations curbside were Vancouver and Montreal, with Montreal first installing them in 2014, and Vancouver following in 2017. The idea was proposed to Toronto council in 2017, and a 2018 study showed that 6,200 EVs called Toronto home. Once the project was approved, it took just two weeks to install all the chargers.

The pilot project will run for one year, and if it goes well, the chargers will expand to other neighbourhoods.


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