The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister for Environment and Climate Change Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, have announced an investment of $491,000 for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station project at Pearson International Airport.
The project will build a new fast-charging hub to support a fleet of electric shuttle buses at the nation’s busiest airport. The project will identify barriers and strategies for electric bus adoption and serve as a model for airports across the country.
Today, we’re announcing support for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority — they plan to build an innovative fast-charging hub that’ll support a fleet of electric shuttle buses at @TorontoPearson, Canada’s busiest airport, and serve as a model for airports across the country. ?? pic.twitter.com/cn9REDqLg2
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“Transportation accounts for almost a quarter of our emissions. Reducing pollution from transportation is essential. Investing in electric vehicles is a practical and effective way for Canada to reduce pollution, fight climate change and make sure we have clean air. Canadians want to be part of the solution to fight climate change by travelling more efficiently. Our government will continue to invest in the infrastructure needed for easy, fast charging and offer purchase incentives for low-emission vehicles — giving Canadians cleaner options on the road.” said McKenna.
This is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million investment to build a coast-to-coast charging network for EVs and support other zero- and low-carbon demonstration and deployment projects as well as develop binational (Canada and the United States) codes and standards. Over 800 EV fast chargers are already built or being planned, with hundreds more expected over the next two years.
“As the largest airport in the country and an important contributor to Canada’s economy, Toronto Pearson appreciates this significant investment in clean technology and electric vehicle innovation. This project compliments Toronto Pearson’s ambitious overall environmental goals as we continue to plan, prepare and build to be an airport that our passengers and the country can count on.” said Pat Neville, Vice President, Airport Development and Technical Services, Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
Our environmental commitment and today’s announcement didn’t happen without the support of our many partners such as @TRCA_HQ’s Partners in Project Green and @ChargePointnet. Learn more about how we work with partners: https://t.co/rqrarMY472 #CountOnPearson #Cdnpoli
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) July 29, 2019
Through Budget 2019, a further $130 million is being invested in charging infrastructure, and a new incentive, worth up to $5,000, is available for Canadians who purchase or lease an eligible electric or hydrogen-fuelled vehicle.