Ontario, Canada’s premier Dalton McGunity has announced an $80 million fund to promote the development and investment of electric car charging stations in the region. The fund is part of the Building Together initiative, which develops government infrastructure projects and creates jobs.
The $80 million will be used to encourage proposals to build, tests and expand the availability of recharging facilities in both the public and private sector in Ontario. The province is working to become a global leader in clean energy, while also providing clean energy jobs.
Ontario officials hope to have one out of every 20 cars driven on roads in the province be electrically powered by 2020. To help with that goal, the government currently offers incentives of $5,000 to $8,500 to purchase electric cars. In addition, drivers of electric cars get special green license plates which allow them to use a special network of HOV lanes.