$80M fund for Ontario electric car charging stations


mentalfloss
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$80M fund for Ontario electric car charging stations


Premier Dalton McGuinty announced an $80 million fund to help spur the development and investment in electric car charging stations.

The announcement was made in Markham, Ont., where the Liberal leader charged an electric car at the PowerStream electrical utility operations centre.

Ontario, together with Infrastructure Ontario, is accepting requests for proposals to build, test and expand the availability of recharging facilities. The province will provide seed money to the winning projects.
 
DurkaDurka
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I can't imagine this plan ever being implemented seeing as McGuinty will be getting a pink slip shortly.

How many electric cars are available for purchase in Ontario anyways?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

I can't imagine this plan ever being implemented seeing as McGuinty will be getting a pink slip shortly.

How many electric cars are available for purchase in Ontario anyways?

Not a clue, but right now they're selling at a pretty 'fringe' price, I would say. When you factor in the rebates exclusive to the province, it's around $32,000.00, I think.

Implementing charge stations would drive up the demand as it begins to extend a vehicle's travel distance.
 
DurkaDurka
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Not a clue, but right now they're selling at a pretty 'fringe' price, I would say. When you factor in the rebates exclusive to the province, it's around $32,000.00, I think.

Implementing charge stations would drive up the demand as it begins to extend a vehicle's travel distance.


Why doesn't the government just give tax breaks to gas station owners and let them install them? They have the monopoly on good locations near highways...
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

Why doesn't the government just give tax breaks to gas station owners and let them install them?

No idea.

Maybe tax breaks aren't good enough to have an alternate resource competing with petrol?
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

I can't imagine this plan ever being implemented seeing as McGuinty will be getting a pink slip shortly.

How many electric cars are available for purchase in Ontario anyways?

Maybe it is a case of 'if they build them the cars will come.' Funny, I was watching a commercial for electric cars last night and my first thought was, 'that's a great idea but where are you going to re-charge them.' I'm sure many people who would contemplate buying such a vehicle would do so only after knowing there were reliable and plentiful outlets for re-charging. Just a thought.
 
petros
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I have an electric car charging station. It's called an extension cord.

If electric cars can't be charged at home with an extension cord I'm buying a horse with digestion problems to ride around the city.
 
DaSleeper
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When I travel with my diesel truck pulling a trailer...because I have a short box...my tank is smaller so I have to plan my route carefully or if I go somewhere I've never been before, I carry an emergency gerry can just in case.
I wouldn't trust having to look for a plugin
Also...how long does it take for a full recharge????
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

If electric cars can't be charged at home with an extension cord I'm buying a horse with digestion problems to ride around the city.

I like your innovation. You always come up with the most interesting methods for public protest.

Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeper View Post

When I travel with my diesel truck pulling a trailer...because I have a short box...my tank is smaller so I have to plan my route carefully or if I go somewhere I've never been before, I carry an emergency gerry can just in case.
I wouldn't trust having to look for a plugin
Also...how long does it take for a full recharge????

I wonder, with the way hydro is skyrocketing, at what point does gas become the cheaper alternative?

That is if we don't charge our electric cars during the hours of 9pm to 6 am.

Kidding. Sort of.
 
CDNBear
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The gov't shouldn't have been in the business of building gas stations.

They shouldn't be in the business of building hydro stations.

The cost of hydro in this province. The hydro companies should be building their own stations, and investing in their own infrastructure.

Not the province. Because we all know who will profit the most from the wasting of this 80 million of the taxpayers money.

It won't be us or the environment.
 
DaSleeper
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McSquinty is just going after the green vote.....started with the solar farms..... now the electric cars ....next will come cars with solar panels that you only drive during the day if we re-elect him
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

I like your innovation. You always come up with the most interesting methods for public protest.



I wonder, with the way hydro is skyrocketing, at what point does gas become the cheaper alternative?

That is if we don't charge our electric cars during the hours of 9pm to 6 am.

Kidding. Sort of.

I was told varying power rates was a conspiracy theory when I first mentioned it. Looks like that one came true too. Go figure.
Last edited by petros; Aug 9th, 2011 at 08:38 PM..
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka View Post

Why doesn't the government just give tax breaks to gas station owners and let them install them? They have the monopoly on good locations near highways...

It takes up to 10 hours depending on the conditions to charge the battery. A gas station wouldn't work very well as a parking lot. A parking lot, makes for a perfect charging station though.

The Volt comes with a 120V 20 foot charging cord, but you need to have something to plug it into. Apparently when it's plugged in, you can use a smart phone to control the charge.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tonington View Post

It takes up to 10 hours depending on the conditions to charge the battery. A gas station wouldn't work very well as a parking lot. A parking lot, makes for a perfect charging station though.

The Volt comes with a 120V 20 foot charging cord, but you need to have something to plug it into. Apparently when it's plugged in, you can use a smart phone to control the charge.

But can you plug it into an extension cord?
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

The gov't shouldn't have been in the business of building gas stations.

They shouldn't be in the business of building hydro stations.

The cost of hydro in this province. The hydro companies should be building their own stations, and investing in their own infrastructure.

Not the province. Because we all know who will profit the most from the wasting of this 80 million of the taxpayers money.

It won't be us or the environment.

The government shouldn't be in the business of busines period.

To use the vernacular of my daughter, they suck at it.

Nothing is more wasteful than government bureaucracy.

Just my two cents.
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I was told varying power rates was a conspiracy theory when I first enntioned it. Looks like that one came true too. Go figure.

Hmmm. If anything should ever just "come to you" re: the 649, PM me okay.
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

But can you plug it into an extension cord?

Yes, but they don't recommend it. If someone must use an extension cord due to distance, they recommend GFCI outlets, which any outside outlet should be anyways, and 12 or 14 guage 3 prong cord with an outdoor rating. Though, the car and cord are smart technology. If you're 500 feet from a 120V outlet, the voltage drop alone would probably mean that the car won't charge.
 
petros
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You won't lose volts you'll lose amps to watts of resistance. Is there a special gadget to buy?
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

You won't lose volts you'll lose amps to watts of resistance.

Yes you will.

Play around with this:
http://mypq.epri.com/tools/voltagedrop.asp
Last edited by Tonington; Aug 9th, 2011 at 09:35 PM..