EV Tip: A Public Charging Program Can Work

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.

Michael Bettencourt bought his first electric vehicle at the end of 2011 and has followed the Canadian electric vehicle scene ever since. Follow him on Twitter @MCBet10court

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