The second week of July marked EV Week in Canada, with new charging station announcements across the country. It also came months after Toronto announced the official adoption of a street charging pilot program, which was piloted nearly two years ago.
This program, which was launched by the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro in October 2020, showed me how a well-thought-out, funded program could help EV owners who don’t have access to a garage or charging station. charging in the driveway. (Although I’m still not sure if I parked illegally overnight.)
The pilot program saw 17 Level 2 FLO charging stations installed in areas where there is demand for overnight on-street parking. During the day, drivers could charge their electric vehicle for $2 an hour, while between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. they could charge it for a total overnight rate of $3. A screaming bargain, as it turned out.
I was trying out a modern long-range EV at the time, a Genesis GV60, and was staying downtown. I parked on one of these chargers and was able to connect quickly. Charging at 7.1 kilowatts, I thought the GV60’s prediction of nine hours and 40 minutes for a full charge was pessimistic, but it turned out to be impressively accurate.
Came back from where I was and disconnected the vehicle just before 8am with a full battery. The only mystery was whether I was supposed to have an overnight parking permit to top up at this location. It was not explicitly stated on nearby signs if a charging EV was exempt.
The official adoption of the on-street charging program by the city took place at the end of May this year, and it was announced that 32 more pole-mounted stations will be installed by the end of 2022.