Applications now open for funding to install electric vehicles in Windsor-Essex

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Applications are now open for a new project that will help build up to 300 new electric vehicle charging stations in Windsor and Essex County.

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Essex Powerlines Corp. will receive $2 million to install up to 300 new electric vehicle charging stations in Windsor and Essex County by September 2023, following an announcement by MP Irek Kusmierczyk (L – Windsor-Tecumseh) and Essex County Warden Gary McNamara on Thursday morning.

“With this investment, we are changing the landscape of Windsor Essex,” Kusmierczyk said. “You will see charging stations located in places where we live, work and play, in parks, library apartments, retail businesses and restaurants, and offices.”

An EV charging station is displayed at the Via Rail station in Windsor on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

The program launched by Essex Powerlines, known as Charge Up, aims to add electric vehicle charging stations in public places, from retail to workplaces and multi-unit residential buildings. Charge Up will finance up to 50% of the costs.

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Applications for funding were initially opened in December. Joe Barile, the managing director of Essex Powerlines, said interest has been good so far and they anticipate a lot of interest after Thursday’s announcement.

One of the goals of the program is to make electric vehicle charging available in different environments and across all sectors, Barile said.

“This program is designed to make electric vehicle infrastructure more affordable and readily available,” he said.

Kusmierczyk said the City of Windsor has received similar funding for 22 electric vehicle charging stations that are being installed.

An EV charging station is displayed on Howard Avenue near Highway 3 on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
An EV charging station is displayed on Howard Avenue near Highway 3 on Thursday, January 13, 2022. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

“You see communities across Canada making very similar announcements in terms of building charging infrastructure,” Kusmierczyk said. “The goal is that you want to make sure that you don’t just have the infrastructure in the communities, but the infrastructure between the communities.”

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