Durham Region officials are celebrating more than $200,000 in funding for dozens of new electric vehicle charging stations.
The money comes from a federal program. The region will be collaborating with the Municipality of Clarington, the Township of Scugog, the Town of Whitby and Trent University Durham GTA.
A total of 42 new Level 2 charging stations will be constructed at 14 municipal and public locations in Clarington, Scugog, Oshawa and Whitby. This includes Trent Durham’s student residence and a number of local town halls.
“With the transportation sector representing the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs in Durham Region, shifting to electric vehicles (EVs) is critical to respond to the climate emergency,” reads a statement. “Switching to EVs helps realize the economic benefits of the low carbon transition by using made-in-Durham clean energy sources.”
Additionally, the region will be partnering with The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to promote EV charging. TAF will be offering rebates of up to 50 per cent for municipalities, parking authorities, non-profits, residential buildings and other groups to construct new charging stations.
“With a third of Durham Region’s carbon emissions coming from transportation – combustion of gasoline and diesel – we need to electrify how we drive,” said TAF CEO Julia Langer in a statement. “Reliable and convenient EV charging is key to accelerating quick EV uptake, which is gaining even more traction given fossil fuel prices. TAF looks forward to collaborating with Durham Region on this important climate action.”