Brampton to build 176 new electric vehicle charging stations by 2024


Published February 6, 2023 at 1:38 pm

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Brampton plans to build 176 new electric vehicle charging stations with help from federal funding.

The Ministry of Natural Resources announced $1.72 million in funding for electric vehicle infrastructure in the City of Brampton, according to a press release from the City of Brampton.

The funds are from the federal government’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).

The City of Brampton says the money will help build 176 level 2 and level 3 fast-charge electric vehicle charging stations, along with the associated underground infrastructure and utility upgrades.

The EV charging stations will be installed and operational by December of 2024, the city adds.

The city has already installed more than 65 public charging stations for electric vehicles across community centres, facilities and administrative buildings.

In June 2019, Brampton City Council declared a climate emergency to reaffirm the City of Brampton’s commitment to protecting eco-systems, and the community from climate change.

The city strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

“We are living in a climate emergency that requires urgent action to correct course and create a greener future for our community and country,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said.

In September 2020, council endorsed the Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan to drive innovation, employment and economic development while achieving the city’s environmental and climate change goals, along with its associated social benefits.

Developing a green fleet is part of the city’s modernization strategy. The EV charging stations will help the City of Brampton achieve this strategy’s goals by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fuel costs, enhancing operational efficiency and providing service excellence.

Brampton was also one of the first municipalities to use Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) in 2021. This was the largest single global deployment to date of standardized and fully interoperable BEBs and high-powered overhead on-route charging systems, as part of the Pan-Canadian BEB Demonstration and Integration Trial.

And Brampton was the first municipality in Ontario to use an electric-powered fire truck in 2022.

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