Ontario to invest $20 million in stations to charge up electric cars

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that her government is investing $20 million toward hundreds of electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed within and between urban centres. Environment Minister Glen Murray, who along with Wynne is participating in the Paris climate summit, said the investment will go toward two types of charging stations: Slower Level 2 chargers to be installed at workplaces where vehicles are parked for hours and much faster Level 3 chargers that can replenish most of a vehicle’s battery system within 30 minutes. Wynne said the move is part of many initiatives that will come out of the province’s new climate plan, which focuses on reducing the greenhouse-gas emissions that come from transportation and building. The coal phase-out completed last year makes EVs that run on Ontario grid electricity that much cleaner.