The Government of Canada is making a significant investment to add 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at two universities in Waterloo, Ontario.
A contribution of $100,000 will be made through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. The University of Waterloo will be contributing $108,102, and Wilfrid Laurier University is also investing $41,482 for a total project cost of $249,584.
Fifteen of the chargers will be installed at the University of Waterloo. The remaining five EV chargers will be added at Wilfrid Laurier University, which will nearly double their current charging network.
“This funding will allow Laurier to increase our EV charging network from 6 to 11 stations, almost doubling the current network on our Waterloo campus. This network expansion will focus on two currently under-serviced areas of our campus and it is our hope that this will assist in reducing barriers to electric vehicle use by the campus community,” said Ulrike Gross
Assistant Vice-President of Facilities and Asset Management at Wilfrid Laurier University.
The goal of the investment is to encourage the adoption of zero-emission vehicles for campus fleets. The chargers will also be available to students and visitors to the universities.