Toronto is facing a critical shortage of public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) as the city aims to transition to a net-zero emission target by 2040. Currently, there are only about 1,800 public charging stations in the city, which is not nearly enough to meet the expected demand as more drivers switch from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to EVs.
The city has set a goal of having 30% of the city’s registered vehicles be electric by 2040. However, at present, only about 2% of the approximately one million registered vehicles in Toronto are plug-in hybrids or electric. To encourage more residents to make the shift to EVs, the city is seeking public input to develop a comprehensive charging network.
According to James Nowlan, the executive director of the city’s environment and climate division, having an adequate number of charging stations is crucial in alleviating concerns among potential EV owners. It will help residents feel more comfortable about transitioning to electric vehicles, knowing that they will have easy access to charging infrastructure.
Currently, Toronto staff are conducting a fact-finding mission to gather feedback and concerns from vehicle owners. The city is interested in hearing about various aspects of charging infrastructure, including location, timing, pricing, and different types of charging options. This feedback will inform the city’s plans for a robust and convenient charging network which may include a mix of public and private-sector charging.
While an in-person meeting is scheduled for public input, the city is also providing an online survey for those unable to attend. The study is set to conclude later this year, and the findings will be presented to the city council in early 2024.
In conclusion, Toronto recognizes the need to expand its EV charging infrastructure to support its ambitious emission reduction goals. Through public input, the city aims to develop a charging network that meets the needs and expectations of EV owners, ensuring convenience and accessibility for all.
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