Today, Toronto City Council approved the installation of 32 new EV charging stations for 17 residential on-street permit parking locations.
In 2023, the Toronto Parking Authority will take full responsibility for the operations and maintenance of all existing and future on-street chargers, and will see the rollout of at least 50 additional charging stations by the end of that year.
The City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro have successfully concluded the Residential and Downtown On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging Station pilot, which was launched in October 2020, and are on track to install 32 additional on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of the year.
The 20-month pilot saw 17 on-street EV charging stations installed in nine locations across the city. Usage of the chargers generally increased month over month, with an energy consumption total of 127,923 kilowatt hours (kWh) from October 2020 to April 2022. At an average net greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation factor of 1.012 kgCO2e/kWh, this represents nearly 130 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) that would otherwise have been emitted from internal combustion engine equivalents.
The expansion of public on-street EV charging infrastructure in Toronto supports the goals and targets of the City’s TransformTO Net Zero climate action strategy and will encourage and make EV adoption more affordable, by increasing access for households with limited ability to install on-site charging or who have less access to on-site dedicated parking opportunities.
The City is also increasing EV adoption by requiring new buildings to have the infrastructure to support EV charging, providing funding to support and encourage EV charging infrastructure to be installed in existing buildings and providing public EV charging stations in Green P parking lots (up to 500 by the end of 2024) and at City-owned properties and facilities. The City is also undertaking planning and policy developments to support the expansion of EV charging infrastructure in Toronto.
City Council adopted an ambitious strategy to reduce community-wide GHG emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040 – 10 years earlier than initially proposed. The City’s target is one of the most ambitious in North America.
More information about the current EV charging stations in Toronto and their locations is available on the Toronto Hydro website: https://www.torontohydro.com/e
“We are continuing to increase the number of electric vehicle chargers in our city this year and that work is on track to continue in 2023. The success of this green infrastructure pilot is a big step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040 – one of North America’s most ambitious goals. It is also good news for people who want to use electric vehicles in Toronto. We’re not only making it easier to access EV chargers, but also expanding their availability.”
– Mayor John Tory
“The success of this pilot shows that people are feeling more confident in choosing electric vehicles over gas powered cars. Expanding the our city’s public on-street charging infrastructure will support that consumer decision and bring us closer to meeting our target of net zero emissions.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee
“We know just how critical climate action collaboration is in achieving the ambitious goal of net zero by 2040. That’s why we’re particularly proud to have enabled and partnered with the City for this On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging Station pilot. The success of this project demonstrates how electric vehicles can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stands as a foundation for future, collaborative work with the City and others in the local cleantech economy.”
– Anthony Haines, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro
SOURCE City of Toronto