The #EVWeekinCanada blitz continued with an announcement by Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MP of Beaches-East York. The announcement is the federal government is investing $12.7 million in six clean energy projects in Ontario. The Liberal MP announced on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources.
First, Hydro One received $4.95 million to develop a pilot for heavy-duty electric truck charging stations in Ontario.
The Toronto Transit Commission received $2.5 million to implement an intelligent charging platform to support its growing electric bus fleet.
Opus One received $2 million to demonstrate what a shared economy model for EV chargers could look like for Canadians.
Alectra Inc received $1.32 million to develop an EV model that will work for single-family and multi-unit residential buildings. The project will provide affordable EV chargers that will incentivize off-peak charging in residential homes.
In addition, Geotab Inc received $1.3 million to demonstrate a SmartCharge Incentive system to help EV owners charge on off-peak times.
Finally, Blackstone Energy Services received $635,000 to test drive a vehicle-to-grid system. This system would encourage EV owners to discharge energy into the grid during peak electricity demand periods.
These investments come under the Green Infrastructure- Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program run by Natural Resources Canada, which aims to accelerate Canadian market entry for next-generation clean energy technologies.