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Two of Ontario's biggest utilities form new company to create electric vehicle charging network
A power cable is seen attached to an electric vehicle in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jonathan Hayward)
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.