MP Longfield Announces Over 1,800 New Chargers in Guelph and Across Canada
GUELPH, ON, May 25, 2023 /CNW/ - Electric vehicles (EVs) not only help keep our air clean and save drivers money — they also represent a major opportunity for Canadian workers and Canada's economy as we build and power these vehicles right here at home.
To help drivers feel confident in making the switch to an EV, the Government of Canada is building a coast-to-coast network of charging stations along highways and in public places, on-street, in multi-use residential buildings, at workplaces and for vehicle fleets.
Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced funding to install over 1,800 new EV chargers in Guelph and across the country, including:
Of the combined 1,857 chargers, at least 87 will be installed in Guelph and available for use by December 2023 to help EV drivers to get to where they need to go with confidence and ease. Before hitting the streets, Canadians can easily map out their route by consulting Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) electric charger and alternative fuelling stations locator.
EVs are a win-win for families looking to save money while helping to keep our air clean. For example, drivers could save over $1,000 on fuel and significant costs on maintenance and service per year. And these savings are in addition to those offered by federal and provincial incentive programs to help Canadians with upfront costs, which could amount to $5,000–$10,000 in savings.
Today's announcement represents a combined federal investment of more than $12 million provided through Natural Resources Canada's Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. Additional funding was provided by the organizations, bringing the total combined project costs to more than $27 million.
"We're making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more available where Canadians live, work and play. Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in Guelph, will put more Canadians in the driver's seat on the road to a strong, healthy net-zero future."
"Canadians are making the switch to electric vehicles, which is why the Government of Canada is working with partners like Alectra, Skyline and the City of Guelph to deploy EV chargers across Canada. Today, I was pleased to announce over 1,800 new chargers across the country. From manufacturing EVs with Volkswagen in St. Thomas, Ontario to charging them here in Guelph, the EV economy is unlocking opportunities across Canada. This is how we build a strong ad clean economy together."
"Skyline is proud to be partnering with NRCan to make EV infrastructure more readily accessible to apartment tenants in our communities. Not only do the chargers present an added benefit for the building's tenants — they will also make a meaningful positive impact on the development of Canada's clean energy sector."
"The funding provided by the federal government through the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program will help Guelph move forward with our Race to Zero goal to become a net-zero carbon community by 2050 or earlier by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada