TORONTO — Two of Ontario’s biggest utilities have formed a new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric vehicles.
The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3 fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and western Ontario.
The Ivy is a limited partnership owned equally by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Ltd., a publicly-traded former Crown corporation that owns the province’s largest electric grid.
They say the Ivy network will be an unregulated business that can provide a new revenue stream for both companies without affecting Ontario electricity rates.
It has selected Greenlots, a member of the Shell Group, to operate and manage the electric charging network.
Natural Resources Canada provided an $8-million repayable contribution to help build the electric vehicle charging network.
Ivy joins a growing list of charging options across the nation
The Ivy system joins a growing network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country.
Petro-Canada, Volkswagen Group’s Electrify Canada, ChargeHub, PlugShare and more recently Tesla’s “Supercharger” network has all come online in the past two years.