Pickering, ON, May 25th, 2023 – The City of Pickering has launched its first publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in an effort to support EV ownership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The project was partially funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, which provided funding to Elexicon Group Inc. to help support the installation of EV chargers across Ontario.
Public charging station locations
- Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex (1867 Valley Farm Road) – six charging stations
- Level 3 (two stations)
- Level 2 (four stations)
- Pickering Operations Centre (1955 Clements Road) – six charging stations
- Level 2 (six stations)
By providing the fastest type of charging technology on the market, the City is ensuring that, in many cases, a user can charge their EV’s battery to 80% in 30 minutes, with the Level 3 charger, as opposed to receiving a full charge in four hours or more with the Level 2.
The City has also demonstrated leadership by electrifying a number of its own fleet vehicles, with intentions to expand.
“I’m proud to say that this makes Pickering the first municipality, east of Toronto and west of Kingston, to offer the convenience of high-speed charging through its two Level 3 chargers, located at the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex,” said Mayor Ashe. “Real and meaningful action and investment in EV infrastructure is not only important to the City’s sustainability objectives, but allows us to position Pickering as an accessible and convenient destination to visit and do business in as we see growth in the EV market. On behalf of the City of Pickering, its Members of Council, and residents, I sincerely thank the Government of Canada for its investment in new, green community infrastructure in Pickering.”
“We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work and play,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources. “Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in Ontario, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”
“The Government of Canada is investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge. “Just today, we announced nearly 2,000 new chargers across the country. Partners like Elexicon Group and the City of Pickering are helping to deploy these chargers so that Canadians can make the switch to EVs. These are the technologies of the future, from manufacturing to charging and recycling, we are all-in on the clean economy. This is how we are taking climate action, while helping Canadians to save money at the pump.”
As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 105,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.
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