TORONTO — The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) is getting an investment of $491,000 from the Government of Canada to build an electric vehicle (EV) charging station project at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ont.
The project will build a new fast-charging hub to support a fleet of electric shuttle buses, identify barriers and strategies for electric bus adoption and serve as a model for airports across the country.
The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s $182.5-million investment to build a coast-to-coast charging network for EVs and support other zero- and low-carbon demonstration and deployment projects as well as develop binational (Canada and the United States) codes and standards, indicates a release. Over 800 EV fast chargers are already built or being planned, with hundreds more expected over the next two years.
Through Budget 2019, a further $130 million is being invested in charging infrastructure, and a new incentive, worth up to $5,000, is available for Canadians who purchase or lease an eligible electric or hydrogen-fuelled vehicle, adds the release.
“As the largest airport in the country and an important contributor to Canada’s economy, Toronto Pearson appreciates this significant investment in clean technology and electric vehicle innovation,” said Pat Neville, vice-president, airport development and technical services, GTAA.
“This project compliments Toronto Pearson’s ambitious overall environmental goals as we continue to plan, prepare and build to be an airport that our passengers and the country can count on.”