Condo owners can charge their electric vehicles at home

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Condo dwellers across the province will soon be permitted to charge up their electric vehicles at home, as part of a province-wide plan to reduce emissions and fight climate change, the government announced this week.

According to a news release, the government will ease the requirements necessary for residents to get approval from their condo corporations to install electric vehicle charging stations and prevent condo boards from rejecting owners’ applications to install charging stations when certain conditions have been met.

The changes go into effect May 1.

“One of the largest contributing factors that inhibits drivers from purchasing an electric vehicle is the fear of having nowhere to charge it,” said Government and Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles in the release.

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The government hopes that by making it easier for condo owners to charge electric vehicles, the changes will encourage a shift away from gas-powered vehicles.

According to the government, Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program has encouraged the installation of nearly 3,000 home charging stations since 2013.

More than 680,000 Ontarians live in condos, and there are more than 18,500 electric cars on the province’s roads. As the number of young Ontarians choose to live in condos, owning a small electric car will be the norm. Millennials are avoiding having to buy cars unless they absolutely need to and generally prefer electric or hybrid vehicles. This change will no doubt electrify the electric car market. – CINEWS

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