In late March, the Ontario government announced that it would be committing $91,000,000 to public EV charging across the province. With a focus on public points of interest, community hubs, and rural municipalities Ontario is set to further electrify its transportation.
Easing Concerns and Increased Adoption
With increased investment in public charging, many of Canadian's concerns about charging times and availability will be addressed potentially further increasing EV adoption rates. In a 2022 poll conducted by KPMG on Canadian interest in EVs, they found the following:
85% expect gas stations to offer the ability to quickly recharge EVs sometime within the next five years.
87% want the ability to charge their car at work
88% want the ability to charge their car at shopping malls
63% want the ability to charge their car on the street
51% aren't willing to wait longer than 20 minutes to charge their EV at a charging station.
85% believe charging anxiety will intensify as drivers will have to wait in line to use a public charging station during peak times, as seen in more mature EV markets, where many drivers don't have home-based chargers and rely instead on public chargers.
More Details to be Announced
Program specifics including restrictions, eligibility, and application process have not been announced yet, but we will be sure to follow program news and update our blog accordingly.
Sources and Further Reading
Ontario Newsroom - Ontario Making it Easier to Access Electric Vehicle Chargers
KPMG - KPMG 2022 auto poll