Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One create Ivy electric vehicle charging network
Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, holds a photo opportunity at a new charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to mark the coming into effect of the Incentive for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick)
TORONTO -- Two of Ontario's biggest utilities have formed a new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric vehicles.
The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3 fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and western Ontario.
The Ivy is a limited partnership owned equally by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Ltd., a publicly traded former Crown corporation that owns the province's largest electric grid.
They say the Ivy network will be an unregulated business that can provide a new revenue stream for both companies without affecting Ontario electricity rates.
It has selected Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group, to operate and manage the electric charging network.
Natural Resources Canada provided an $8-million repayable contribution to help build the electric vehicle charging network.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.