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OPG, Hydro One create Ivy electric vehicle charging network

Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 11:31 am EDT

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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.