Electric Vehicles

The future of Ottawa is electric!  Switching from gas and diesel to electric vehicles is the single biggest action required to meet Ottawa’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. To meet this target, by 2030, 90% of all new vehicles sold in Ottawa will have to be electric. 

With Ottawa’s low carbon electricity grid, why not make the switch and get those EV ownership benefits going! 

Did You Know?

Electric vehicles come with a cord set that lets you charge using a regular wall socket operating on 120 volts (Level 1 charging). However, if you are mostly travelling within Ottawa, charging an electric vehicle overnight using a standard wall outlet can provide enough energy to carry out your day-to-day activities. 

Need a faster turnaround? Dedicated charging stations use a 240-volt system (similar to a clothes dryer or stove plug) and can be installed at a home or workplace by a licensed electrician. These are called “Level 2 Charging”. If you are doing a lot of driving, or multiple trips around the city every day, these faster charging stations can replenish vehicle batteries five to six times faster than a standard wall outlet. This gives you the peace of mind of always having enough battery to get you to where you’re going. There are also “Level 3 chargers” which are typically found at public charging stations and can charge your battery to 80% in less than 45 minutes! 

Most electric vehicle drivers do the majority of their charging at home, so why not get your home and parking spot future ready? 

There are a variety of  incentives currently available to purchase a new or used EV, and to install an EV charger at your home. To see more information and learn about why an EV might be right for you, check out the City of Ottawa’s website.