According to critics, if the City of Toronto wants to meet its EV goals, the city needs to accelerate EV infrastructure installations.
The city aims to install 3,000 charging ports curb-side and in parking lots by 2025, with an additional 10,000 by 2030.
However, according to ChargeHub, the city has less than 1000 EV charging ports active currently.
The Toronto City Council set an ambitious goal in January 2020 for all Toronto residents to drive EV’s by 2050. However, the infrastructure to support such a plan is lacking.
For instance, a pilot project last year saw the city install 17 on-street charging sites. However, this needs to be done on a weekly or monthly basis to reach the cities goals. At the moment, this is not happening and is concerning residents and EV experts, reports CBC News.
The city notes that they are trying to follow the councils’ direction and are actively exploring opportunities. For instance, they are looking at lowering permitting fees for EV sharing fleets and other creative changes.
However, the city knows the key for EV infrastructure buy-in is providing incentives to install charging infrastructure on private property. The city is exploring and could follow Montreal’s lead with funding and initiatives for Montrealer’s to buy-in to EVs.