Stations are ready to charge up electric vehicles across the city — especially in the east end — in a pilot program officially launched yesterday.
Mayor John Tory announced the installation and activation of 17 on-street EV charging stations by the city and Toronto Hydro through an agreement with manufacturer FLO.
“The EV charging station pilot is yet another example of our city’s ability to introduce programs that will make it easier for residents to become environmentally friendly and for our city to reduce its carbon footprint,” Tory said.
As reported previously, installation of the stations and signage has been carried out since mid-August on mainly residential streets.
The 12-month pilot has stations operating in the following neighbourhood parking permit locations:
- Alton Avenue near Queen Street East (two charging stations)
- Bowmore Road near Eastwood Road (one charging station)
- Mountjoy Avenue near Gillard Avenue (two charging stations)
- Palmerston Avenue near Queen Street West (two charging stations)
- Shaw Street near Dundas Street West (two charging stations)
- Westlake Avenue near Oakcrest Avenue (two charging stations)
Stations have also been activated at three other locations::
- Commissioners Street near Carlaw Avenue (two charging stations)
- Elizabeth Street near Foster Place (two charging stations)
- Wellington Street West near Clarence Square (two charging stations)
You’ll notice a slight majority of the locations are in the east-end wards of Toronto-Danforth and Beaches-East York.
“Locations were selected because they have enough capacity for dedicated EV parking spots which allowed for easy installation with minimal disruption to pedestrians and the community,” according to a city news release.
Rates set by Hydro
Beaches-East York city councillor Brad Bradford is especially pleased by a station in his ward.
“This is very exciting news for residents in the pocket in and around Westlake Avenue,” he said. “More and more people own and drive EVs because they’re not only safe, they’re also the right choice for a better, cleaner environment.”
He called the pilot program a “great step forward at the municipal level.”
To use the stations, electric vehicle drivers need to register for an online account with FLO, download a mobile app, order a FLO card and add funds to their account.
The EV charging station parking spots can be used by vehicle owners with a Level 2 connection. Users will be charged a rate established by Toronto Hydro in agreement with the city.
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