Essex Powerlines receives $4.3 million in federal funds to expand EV charging infrastructure in Ontario

The Windsor-Essex region in Ontario is set to receive a boost in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations thanks to an investment of $4.3 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Program. The funds will go towards the ‘Charge Up Windsor-Essex’ program, spearheaded by Essex Powerlines, aimed at expanding EV charging infrastructure across the region.

Charge Up Windsor-Essex is open to applications from various sectors, including public places, on-street locations, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces, and light-duty vehicle fleets. The program has already exceeded expectations, with 274 Level 2 and 58 Level 3 chargers approved for installation, set to become operational by December 2024. Additionally, 68 Level 2 and 10 Level 3 chargers have already been successfully deployed.

Windsor-Tecumseh Liberal MP Irek Kusmierczyk announced the investment at the University of Windsor on Wednesday.

One of biggest recipients of funds from the ‘Charge Up Windsor-Essex’ program so far is the University of Windsor, which has already installed 24 new EV chargers, the largest number among all applicants.

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