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EV chargers being installed at all ONroute highway service locations

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The provincial government on Wednesday announced electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers will soon be installed at all ONroute locations along highways 400 and 401.

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Chargers at 17 ONroute locations will be available in time for next summer with another three ONroute locations opening before the end of 2022.

“Ontario is putting shovels in the ground to build critical infrastructure including highways,” said Todd Smith, the province’s energy minister. “Our agreement with Ivy Charging Network, ONroute and Canadian Tire to construct EV chargers at all of the province’s 23 ONroute stations is an important step forward, allowing EV owners to travel our great province with more freedom and confidence.”

The installation of chargers at major highway service locations will further help achieve Ontario’s goal of building at least 400,000 electric and hybrid vehicles by 2030, he said.

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ONroute locations along highways 401 and 400 will be equipped with at least two EV chargers at each site with busier sites equipped with more. The EV chargers will be available to all drivers on a pay per use basis and serve all vehicle types.

As of the end of October, there were 66,757 EVs registered in Ontario. By 2030, it is anticipated one out of every three automobiles sold will be electric.

“With more electric vehicles coming onto our roads each year, it’s vital that drivers have the ability to conveniently charge their vehicles along the province’s busiest highways,” said Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s transportation minister. “In addition to building new highways that will alleviate congestion in Ontario, the installation of Ivy Charging Networks at all ONroute locations is a big step forward to support EV owners.”

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The Ivy Charging Network, a joint venture between Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG), will be responsible for the installation, ownership, and operation of the fast chargers located at the 20 initial ONroute locations.

As the EV population grows, it is expected more chargers may be added at each site.

“ONroute is proud to take this step towards sustainability, as we partner with Ivy and Canadian Tire to bring charging stations to our plazas,” said Melanie Teed-Murch, CEO of ONroute.

With a customer-obsessed focus, we want ONroute to be the recharge destination along every journey. That is why we are focused on supporting the growth of electric cars, and bringing new services to our customers.”

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