August 18, 2016 Ottawa, ON – Today Ottawa Centre MP and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Ottawa Centre MPP, Attorney General and Government House Leader Yasir Naqvi and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson outlined an ambitious plan to help rapidly increase the number of electric vehicles, or EVs for short, that will hit the streets in Ottawa by 2020.
The Province has set a target of 14,000 cars sold annually by 2020 which would be roughly 1,000 cars per year in Ottawa. However this would be a rapid increase in EV purchases as there are only about 4,000 EVs in Ontario today, according Plug’n Drive, the non-profit that assists the EcoDistrict with EV Day every year.
“Ontario is onboard and ready to support EVs,” said MPP Yasir Naqvi. “We have increased financial incentives for home owners and are continuing to fund the home installation of EV chargers. We are also installing almost 500 new EV stations across the province by next year – including 19 stations here in Ottawa! We are committed to working with local groups across the province to continue raising awareness and increasing ownership.”
When the EcoDistrict first ran EV Day in 2014 most vehicles had a range of about 40 km with the exception of the Tesla Model S. Range anxiety was identified as a barrier by 71 percent of people surveyed. Now only two years later attendees are being introduced to a much wider array of models, many of which have a range 100 km or more including the Chevrolet Bolt with a range of over 300 km.This development, along with charging stations along all 400 series highways, is expected to bring many more consumers over to low emission driving.
“Ottawa has been recognized by several organizations, including Corporate Knights, as being one of the most sustainable cities in Canada.” said Mayor Watson. “Support for electric cars fits perfectly into this vision. Working in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada will allow us to build on this competitive advantage, attracting visitors and investors to our city.”
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For more information, please contact: Don Grant, Executive Director, Ottawa Centre EcoDistrict – phone and text: 613-295-6708 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org