Windsor vows to be first in Canada with PHEV charging infrastructure


Eddie Francis,
Windsor Mayor
Windsor, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — September 22, 2008 – Windsor has vowed to be the first municipality in Canada to have public charging stations available when the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) become available in the country in 2011.

Following the launch last week by General Motors of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, EnWin Utilities and the City of Windsor announced they are laying the groundwork to create the infrastructure for the Volt and its competitors.

As many as six PHEVs from GM, Toyota, Nissan and possibly Chrysler are expected to be available for consumer purchase by early 2011.

“When these cars are rolled out you’re going to need a plan for them to plug in,” said Mayor Eddie Francis.

EnWin is to spend $40,000 over the next two years studying how to create the infrastructure for PHEVs. The charging stations could be operated by the utility or they might be contracted out to private enterprise.

EnWin is among 41 utilities throughout North America – and the first utility in Ontario – partnering with General Motors and The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in a new research and development collaboration to facilitate the integration of PHEVs into the grid.

The collaboration will work to accelerate large-scale deployment of PHEVs and create a blueprint for an electric fuel infrastructure.

Other Canadian utilities participating in the collaboration are BC Hydro, Hydro-Québec and Manitoba Hydro.