Electric car infrastructure to be developed for Ontario


Dalton McGuinty,
Ontario Premier
Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — January 28, 2009 – The Ontario government has put in place plans for the development of an infrastructure to get electric cars running on the province’s roads.

The Ontario government is working with the California-based Better Place, which will establish a Canadian head office in Ontario. The company will build an electric car demonstration and education centre in Toronto, and also will develop an electric car charging network rollout plan and timelines.

In the meantime the Ontario government is undertaking a study looking at ways to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles. The study, which will be released by May 2009, will review financial incentives designed to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles, preferred access to the transportation grid to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles, forward looking procurement policies to speed government adoption of electric vehicles into fleet services, and coordinated public education and promotion of electric vehicles as a mode of personal transportation.

In making the announcement Premier Dalton McGuinty said: “I want to thank Better Place for their vision, and welcome them to Ontario. We have a workforce second to none and matched with this innovative business we could provide a real opportunity for jobs and economic growth in the future.”

Canada-based Bullfrog Power will provide the Better Place network with electricity from local renewable sources to avoid shifting emissions from tailpipe to smokestack and support Ontario’s commitment to end the use of coal-fired generation by 2014.

Better Place estimates that for every 10,000 electric vehicles on the road, Ontario will offset more than 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Under the Better Place model, electric car drivers enroll in a subscription plan to use the company’s open network of battery exchange stations and charge spots in homes, businesses and parking lots.