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February 02, 2018
County seeks input on future locations for electric vehicle chargers in Oxford

Study recommends adding 229 chargers to encourage uptake of electric vehicles


Oxford County is asking residents to give their feedback on an expert report outlining where to locate electric vehicle charging stations across the County. The feasibility report, submitted by Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), will serve as the starting point for Phase 2 of the County’s plan to become a fully accessible electric vehicle (EV) community.

The “Oxford County Feasibility Study: EVSE Data Mapping & Analysis in Support of Oxford County’s Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan recommends adding 229 charging stations in Oxford County in high-traffic locations, like workplace parking lots and shopping centres, to increase public uptake of electric vehicle transportation. Of these charging stations:

  • 163 would be Level 1 chargers, which use a standard household electricity outlet to provide about eight kilometres of range for every hour of charging;
  • 54 would be Level 2 chargers, which use a higher voltage and offer about 30 kilometres of range for every hour of charging; and
  • 12 would be Level 3 chargers, which use ultra-high-power 480-volt circuits to charge an empty EV battery to 80% in as little as 30 minutes, making them ideal for highway travel.

The feasibility report sets out several priorities for locating new charging stations:

  • Workplace clusters of several employers within a 150-metre radius of each other, such as the north side of the 401 corridor through Woodstock, Culloden Road exit in Ingersoll, and the industrial area east of County Road 19 in south Tillsonburg;
  • Level 2 and Level 3 chargers along highways to serve through-traffic and commuters, particularly in Drumbo off Highway 401, which currently has low electric vehicle chargeability in the area; and
  • Upgrades to existing chargers at the Ingersoll Travel Plaza ONRoute, Ingersoll Comfort Inn, the Oxford County Administration Building, and either George’s Auto Repair or the nearby municipal lots in Tillsonburg, all of which serve nearby amenities.

Information from the Ministry of Transportation puts the number of electric vehicles in Oxford County in 2017 at 163, a number that could grow to more than 5,000 based on the report’s estimates of between a 1% to 25% growth rate.

The County is sharing the report so that CUTRIC’s research, maps and location lists can be used by area municipalities and private businesses in deciding where to best locate electric vehicle chargers. Under Oxford’s commitments to the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan, the County further aims to lead and accelerate electric vehicle adoption in other areas.

Oxford County is asking residents to share their thoughts and opinions about building electric vehicle infrastructure in the County as it works to implement its own Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan. To read the full feasibility report or to share your input, visit  Speak Up, Oxford! at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup.

Background

  • Oxford County is home to 48 public and private electric vehicles charging stations in 22 locations.
  • Oxford County’s Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan (EVAP) aims to promote the practicality and acceptability of electric vehicles as a mainstream mode of personal transportation to, from and within Oxford.
  • Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program, the province is working with public and private sector partners to create a network of electric vehicles stations in cities, along highways and at workplaces and public places across Ontario. For more information, visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/vehicles/electric/electric-vehicle-chargers-ontario.shtml
  • Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is an innovation consortium that seeks to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications. For more information, visit cutric-crituc.org

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Future Oxford story map: Electric mobility

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.

Note: The "Oxford County Feasibility Study: EVSE Data Mapping & Analysis in Support of Oxford County’s Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan" was updated on February 4, 2018


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