Federal government invests $100,000 for more electric vehicle chargers for Windsor municipal fleet

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City of Windsor workers will be able to charge city-owned electric vehicles at 20 additional charging stations by early 2023 thanks to a $100,000 federal investment announced Friday by Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk .

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Kusmierczyk, who made the announcement on behalf of Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, noted that the City of Windsor is also contributing $135,000 to the project, bringing the total investment to $235,000.

Currently, the municipal fleet of 15 electric vehicles is recharged at eight stations across the city.

“We expect these (20 new) charging stations to be implemented by the beginning of next year – 2023,” Kusmierczyk said. “And that’s 20 level two charging stations.”

District 5 Com. Ed Sleiman joined Kusmierczyk in the parking lot of the Windsor Environmental Services site, where several city-owned Chrysler Pacifica hybrids were hooked up to EV chargers.

Sleiman said the city’s Community Energy Plan, an environmental master plan, aims to reduce carbon emissions through a number of goals.

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“One of those goals, which is echoed in our climate change emergency declaration, was to achieve 30% electrification of all vehicles by 2041,” Sleiman said. “This funding from the Ministry of Natural Resources will help install electric vehicle chargers at several city fleets, including this one here.

“Once completed, these stations will provide our fleet of electric vehicles with the power needed to move our city in a cleaner, more energy-efficient direction.”

Kusmierczyk spoke about the importance of tackling climate change head-on and said the federal government is making “historic investments to meet our climate change commitments to bring Canada to net zero emissions.”

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The investments support plans to build electric and battery vehicles in Windsor that “will drive the transition to zero-emission vehicles for all of Canada and North America”, he added.

“As the automotive capital of Canada, Windsor Essex is quickly becoming a driver of this transition through these investments and this partnership.

In March this year, it was announced that Stellantis and LG Energy Solution would build a $5 billion automotive battery plant in the city’s east end that will directly employ 2,500 people.

The provincial and federal governments committed hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives to purchase the plant.

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Melissa C. Keyes