Bruce Power, Plug’n Drive, Pollution Probe and Humber College are collaborating to install an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Humber’s Toronto Lakeshore campus.
The station, which will be free for students and faculty to use, is an excellent way to expand charging station infrastructure in the City of Toronto, while also promoting the increasing viability of EVs to the student population.
“Sustainability is one of Humber’s six institutional values,” said Lindsay Walker, Humber College’s Sustainability Manager. “Over the years, Humber has improved its sustainability performance and increased the number of courses that incorporate sustainability concepts. With nearly 30,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students travelling to and from our campuses on a regular basis, transportation management is one of our major focus areas. We actively support sustainable forms of transportation such as public transit, bicycle commuting, carpooling and now Electric Vehicles.”
Francis Chua, Bruce Power’s Department Manager, Environment and Sustainability, said the company is happy to collaborate with educational institutions like Humber College to help them further reduce their environmental footprint.
“By working with Humber to install this charging station, we are educating the leaders of tomorrow about the increasing viability of Electric Vehicles,” Chua said. “Then, hopefully, as these students enter the workforce and purchase new vehicles, they’ll consider one that doesn’t rely on fossil fuels.”
As Ontario’s transportation system becomes increasingly electrified, the province will require more carbon-free energy to meet demand, Chua added. Bruce Power currently generates 30 per cent of Ontario’s power with zero carbon emissions, and the site’s eight units are slated to operate up to 2064 after a 20-year life-extension program, which began Jan. 1, 2016.
Pollution Probe CEO Ingrid Thompson said, as the Paris Accord comes into effect, the decarbonization of transportation is the next big opportunity to get serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are seeing unprecedented incentives and cooperation by policy-makers to make Electric Vehicles an attractive alternative to traditional combustion engines,” Thompson said. “For student drivers here at Humber, this charging station will hopefully help tip the balance toward a climate-friendly transportation choice.”
The Humber College charging station is the seventh of eight EV charging stations Bruce Power and Plug’n Drive are installing across southwestern Ontario, in collaboration with municipalities, businesses and educational institutions. Other charging stations have recently been opened or announced in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton, Wroxeter and on the University of Waterloo’s campus.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
For further information, please contact:
John Peevers – Bruce Power – 519-361-6583
Bruce Power Duty Media – 519-361-6161