Critics argue that if Toronto intends to meet its lofty objective of having all inhabitants driving electric cars by 2050, it needs to speed up its infrastructure plans. According to the city’s electric car strategy, 3,000 charging outlets will be installed curb-side and in public parking areas by 2025, and 10,000 by 2030. However, according to the database ChargeHub, it now has less than 1,000 users.
The city installed 17 on-street charging stations as part of a pilot initiative last year, but Ian Klesmer of The Atmospheric Fund believes that far more ambitious regulations are needed to get locals to buy-in. “Meeting these targets is essential in order to create a network of convenient and reliable chargers that Torontonians can utilize to fully benefit from electric vehicles,” Klesmer stated. He believes that a consistent uptake of electric vehicles is “absolutely important” if Toronto and other cities are to meet their 2050 goal of net-zero carbon emissions.
“The sooner we can electrify our cars, the quicker we can reduce carbon emissions considerably, resulting in a much healthier and cleaner city,” he said. According to CBC News, the city is following the council’s lead and looking into other options to help electric car-sharing fleets, such as lowering permission prices. It’s also thinking about giving residents and businesses incentives to install charging stations on their sites. Ward 11 University-Rosedale Councillor Mike Layton agreed that Toronto had a lot of areas to cover, especially when compared to other big Canadian cities such as Montreal.
Mayor Valerie Plante stated this week that the nation’s second-largest city will invest $885 million in electrifying its transportation networks over the next three years. By the end of 2025, the number of charging points will have doubled, and electric car owners will pay lower parking rates. Plante informed reporters Monday that “what we want to emphasize today is how committed we are about encouraging, supporting, and rewarding those who buy an electric car.”
According to Layton, who is advocating for the city to adopt a more proactive approach, Toronto is well placed to match up to Montreal and be a North American leader. Both the hydro infrastructure that fuels the cars and the parking lots that house them are owned by the city. Electric vehicles are increasingly becoming more popular among drivers. According to current data from Statistics Canada, battery-powered, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid vehicles accounted for 6.5 percent of new vehicle registrations in the very first quarter of this year, nearly doubling from 3.9 percent in the same quarter of 2020.
According to the city, Toronto is home to 20% of all-electric cars in the province. According to a staff report, there were over 6,000 people enrolled in 2018. More drastic increases are being pushed by the federal government. It stated in June that by 2035, it wants every new automobile and light-duty truck to be emission-free.