The Toronto City Council has voted to introduce an electric vehicle strategy for the city that will make all forms of transportation electric by 2050. This strategy, which was developed by Dunsky Energy Consulting, has 10 key areas and many long- and short-term goals for helping Toronto reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The report mentions that passenger-owned vehicles make up 30 percent of the city’s overall greenhouse gas emissions, so replacing this array of cars, trucks and SUVs with EVs will reduce this considerably.
To begin reaching its objective, Toronto has set a goal to have 220 Level 3 fast-charging stations in the city of 2025. In 2030, the city intends to have 650 stations and by the same year, at least 10,000 Level 2 charging stations as well. Currently, the city has 75 DC fast-charging ports and 600 Level 2 plug-in locations.
A second initiative is to convince ride-sharing and vehicle for hire fleets to adopt electric. The city also wants to pilot more forms of electric micro-mobility such as e-scooters and bikes. The city’s report says it will force companies to make the switch to electric while also offering incentives. The city also plans to have new buildings equipped with EV charging parking spaces in addition to electrifying its city vehicle fleet of cars and trucks.
Lastly, Toronto will provide funding to Toronto post-secondary schools that are studying EV tech, specially the use of batteries once the vehicles are no longer in use.
The full report can be accessed here: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/ie/bgrd/backgroundfile-141449.pdf