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Filling up for free in London, Ontario


For the next year, drivers can charge their electric car for free in London
For the next year, drivers can charge their electric car for free in London

Staff writers

March 26, 2013 — The City of London has launched an electric vehicle pilot program, which allows drivers to fill up for free.

Electric vehicles are powered through an external charging system, helping to cut down on fuel emissions
Electric vehicles are powered through an external charging system, helping to cut down on fuel emissions

In a recent CAA study, which polled over 2,000 Canadians, about four of every five respondents under-estimated the cost of owning and operating a vehicle. 

While car ownership is a lot more than just the cost of gas, fuelling up can definitely take its toll. 

The City of London is now offering an incentive for those who own an electric vehicle. 

On Monday, the city launched a one year pilot program to test the use of three new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations. Officials will monitor the use and progress of the existing EV charging network in London and Ontario. 

For the pilot period, the stations will offer free charging to those who own an electric vehicle in an effort to promote the use and accessibility of the growing EV charging station infrastructure. 

“Today, London took an excellent step forward by adding three EV charging stations in the downtown core and expanding the existing network,” said Mayor Joe Fontana in a press release Monday. “Londoners and visitors have an excellent foundation with about 10 conveniently located charging stations across London. This is the right level of charging infrastructure to encourage greater activity in the EV vehicle marketplace and demonstrates London’s desire to remain at the forefront of green initiatives.”

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