% To Metrolinx.ca (rail station) EVSE were not on plugshare (no drivers knew
they were there), chargepoint are not the cheapest EVSE to use nor network.
Bottom-line: this-sucks> non-EV-drivers making shortsighted decisions.
Should have planned for 24 but began with a few (2) installed at a
comparable affordable use-co$t, then made plugin drivers aware they were
available (put on plugshare.com). The whole project was badly handled and
now also unnecessarily wa$ting money by removing them (instead just turn
EVSE off, cover them up, remove signage for all but a couple, then open up
parking spaces, etc.) %
Metrolinx removes electric vehicle chargers from GO station parking lots
Jan 10, 2019 Nick Boisvert
The stations, which were operated by Chargepoint, were installed at 12 GO
stations around the GTHA. (Toby Talbot/Associated Press)
The charging stations were being used 0.8 times per day on average
Citing low demand, Metrolinx has removed its electric vehicle charging
stations at GO station parking lots across the GTHA
The provincial transit agency took the 24 chargers out of service on Nov.
21, 2018, ending a pilot program established by the previous Liberal
government that was supposed to run for three years.
"We found low demand for the charging stations, and the program's costs were
greater than any revenue," reads a statement on the Metrolinx website.
The Ministry of Transportation says each charging unit generated around $450
in revenue per year, against an annual operating cost of around $2,000.
The chargers were used less than once per day on average, according to
In 2017, the chargers were used a total of 3,610 times at the 12 stations
where they were installed ...
Despite those figures and claims that the charging stations were financially
unfeasible, the official opposition says the decision will ultimately prove
to be a shortsighted one.
"By ripping down electric vehicle charging stations that are already
installed, Doug Ford is dragging Ontario backward and burning money," wrote
NDP climate change critic Peter Tabuns in a statement.
"This move sucks for drivers, it sucks for people considering buying an
electric vehicle, it sucks for the environment, and it's going to suck when
we need to pay again to rebuild what Ford is tearing down," he added.
However, a spokesperson from Metrolinx says it was the transit agency, not
Ford's government, that made the decision to decommission the chargers.
While the charging units have been removed from the lots, Metrolinx says the
underlying infrastructure, including wiring, conduits and mounting units,
remains in place.
... The Green Parking Zone may also potentially provide electric
vehicle charging facilities ... the introduction of electric vehicle
charging where appropriate ...
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