New Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to the University of Guelph

News release

October 9, 2020                                    Guelph, Ontario                                     Natural Resources Canada

The Government of Canada remains committed to building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create good middle-class jobs and support the natural resource sectors. This will be more important than ever as we reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $100,000 in funding to the University of Guelph to install 20 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers to provide students, employees and residents with more green options to charge their vehicles where they live, work and play.

The new chargers will be added to the existing 25 Level 2 EV charging stations installed on campus. The University of Guelph is contributing $106,650 toward this project, for a total project value of $206,650.

Federal funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program as part of the government’s commitment to reach its ambitious target of 100 percent of passenger vehicle sales being of zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

The government has provided over $300 million to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers as well as charging in more localized areas, such as apartment buildings, streets and workplaces. This investment also includes establishing natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The infrastructure resulting from these investments will ensure that people can drive and charge their vehicles across Canada. Support is also given for the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies as well as the development of enabling codes and standards.                                  

The government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help us achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Quotes

“We are providing greener options for Canadians to drive where they need to go. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources 

“Investments in green infrastructure are bringing us closer to a zero-emission future, in addition to helping Ontarians make greener choices, improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are proud to support the University of Guelph’s efforts to provide students, employees and residents with more options.”

Lloyd Longfield
Member of Parliament for Guelph 

“The funding from Natural Resources Canada will allow us to provide anyone visiting campus with more green options to charge their vehicles and help us build on our commitment to being a leader in sustainable transportation solutions.”

Martha Harley
Vice-President (finance, administration and risk), University of Guelph

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Contacts

Natural Resources Canada
Media Relations
343-292-6100
nrcan.media.rncan@canada.ca

Ian Cameron
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
613-447-3488
Ian.Cameron@canada.ca

 

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