LONDON, ON, Sept. 28, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in infrastructure to support the move to a cleaner transportation system will make it easier for Canadians to choose low-carbon vehicles and demonstrates the federal government's commitment to clean technologies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating middle-class jobs.
Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today participated at the official opening of a new curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging station in London as part of the Government's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and create good middle-class jobs.
Developed by FLO, a subsidiary company of AddEnergie, a North American leader in electric vehicle charging solutions, the London EV station is one of 100 new urban charging station spaces the company will be demonstrating in cities across Canada. These charging stations are specially designed for curbside installation on city streets and can charge two EVs at once.
Natural Resources Canada, through its Energy Innovation Program, contributed $6.7 million to a larger project that includes this initiative — part of the Government's plan to create a cleaner transportation sector by providing $182.5 million to expand the infrastructure that supports electric and alternative fuel vehicles.
Almost a quarter of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions currently come from the transportation sector. Shifting our transportation system to be cleaner and more efficient is a critical component of our clean growth strategy. The Government of Canada will continue to work with the provinces and territories on zero-emissions vehicles, advancing our clean energy strategy and developing a pan-Canadian framework for clean growth and climate change, which will identify the actions needed to transition to a low-carbon future.
"Curbside charging stations like this one, will give electric vehicle drivers the infrastructure needed to travel Canadian urban streets with greater ease and will provide the tools needed to make cleaner choices in the transportation sector. These innovative charging stations demonstrate our government's commitment to clean technology. We believe that growing our economy goes hand in hand with protecting our environment."
Member of Parliament for London North Centre
"London Hydro is pleased to be part of this collaborative effort that has brought convenience to the downtown area for electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicles while visiting London or parked in the area. Many thanks to our partners, Natural Resources Canada, City of London and FLO (AddEnergie) for their insight and involvement in this exciting new initiative."
Vinay Sharma, Chief Executive Officer
"Curbside EV charging infrastructure is a key step in building a reliable charging network. This innovative deployment addresses crucial needs for electric vehicles and benefits local businesses by attracting drivers to the area. Our experience enables us to address the operational and logistical complexities of such projects. We are proud to be playing a leading role coordinating with municipal stakeholders to execute the installations of these stations and hope this project inspires more municipalities to lead the way."
President and Chief Executive Officer, AddÉnergie
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SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
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