Another Step in the Right Direction for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Until recently a major obstacle on the path to widespread EV adoption has been the dearth of charging stations. The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program is designed to address this issue by providing financial assistance to employers and owners of commercial buildings that are willing to take the important step of installing EV charging stations on their premises, with funding provided by Ontario’s carbon market proceeds. It’s just another of the measures being instituted province-wide to nudge consumers toward more environmentally friendly lifestyles that include electric vehicles. Other aspects of the provincial drive toward a more sustainable world include programs that encourage energy retrofits in both public and private housing, infrastructure improvements that reduce waste associated with energy transmission and EV incentives for municipalities, businesses and individuals.
A Broad Based Approach to a Wide Ranging Problem
Climate change is not simply a matter of our winter days being a bit milder than before, it affects everything from the rhythm of the seasons, the amount and type of precipitation that falls and the level of allergens released into the air. A warmer Ontario is also one that is more welcoming to invasive species that can devastate forests and fundamentally alter the delicate balance of life in the province. It’s a wide ranging problem that requires a broad based solution and that is what the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan is.
The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program is yet another component of the response to this existential crisis, one that seeks to remove the existing impediments to progress so that our children and their children will be able to enjoy the type of world we ourselves have all too often taken for granted.
The struggle to get the attention of the general public with regards to climate change has been a long and difficult one. After all, people can’t see CO2 collecting in the atmosphere, they don’t feel a 1 degree rise in average temperatures and if January is a little milder than normal they’re happy that they get a break on their heating bill. So even suggesting they might want to eschew that SUV for a more fuel efficient gasoline powered car is difficult enough. Getting them to cut the fossil fuel chord entirely and embrace a completely new technology is like asking them to give up maple syrup in favour of caramel sauce. They’re going to resist. Persistence, however, has finally begun to pay off and one can only hope it’s not too late.
When Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced the new program at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre his address was necessarily long on PR and short on specifics. Thus is the nature of such speeches. They’re intended to rally the troops and that’s all well and good. Still, people need to know how the program will work, who it will affect and what is to be gained for those forward-looking businesses and property owners who take up the mantle of progressive change. So here is a short primer on the Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program.
- The provincial government will begin accepting applications for the Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program on Jan 16, 2018. Applications will then be processed in the order in which they arrive. The application process will remain open until funding is exhausted. So it behooves you to get your application in early.
- The program will cover 80% of the cost of installing EV charging stations up to a maximum of $7,500 per charging station installed. Note that this is for the installation of 240 volt, Level 2 chargers. A Level 2 charger can typically recharge a spent battery in anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on the vehicle.
- Currently there are an estimated 1,300 public EV charging stations in the province. One of the goals of the program is to significantly increase that number over the next 2-3 years.
- The program is a component of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan, a 5 year plan aimed at reducing greenhouse emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by the start of 2020. With progressively more ambitious reduction targets going forward.
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- Contrary to popular belief the amount of CO2 emitted from automobiles is greater than that emitted by all the world’s iron, steel, chemical and cement factories combined.
- Since January of 2013 nearly 2,600 charging stations have been installed in private homes in the province. As a result the Ontario Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program has returned nearly $2.2 million to those homeowners to help defray the cost of those installations.
- As of this writing there are more than 16,000 EVs on the road in Ontario and that number is expected to double by 2020.
Eligibility Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program
All applicants must be legally recognized entities with locations within Ontario. They must also have a CRA business number and must provide dedicated parking spots for employees or tenant employees. Should a business that leases their building wish to install charging stations they will need to provide proof of consent from the building owner by filling out the appropriate section of the application form. Eligible applicants include building owners, property management companies, legal businesses, NGOs, universities and many more. Contact the CRA to find out if you qualify to participate. Read more about this Program
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