Canada is to invest C$8m (US$6m) to build 160 fast chargers at 73 locations for EVs across Ontario.

Funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI) and will allow Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to build one of the Province’s largest EV networks.

The investment is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support green infrastructure projects and help reach the target of 100% of passenger zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.

To reach the target, the government is investing more than C$300m to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast-chargers for EVs, charging stations at apartment buildings, public places and workplaces, as well as hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

“Our government is committed to supporting innovative, green infrastructure projects that will bring us closer to a competitive, zero-emissions transportation sector,” said Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains.