Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations
Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Alectra Utilities (formerly PowerStream) identified Electric Vehicles (EV) as a major opportunity for sustainable mobility in late 2010. In the years following, we have led the charge for better and wider access to EV charging infrastructure. Alectra Utilities is committed to providing safe, reliable and accessible charging facilities to the growing number of customers who use EVs. In pursuit of that goal, we installed one of the first DC fast chargers in Ontario at our head office in Vaughan in late 2014. The success of this program has reinforced our belief that EVs are truly the way of the future.

Connecting Electric Vehicles to the Grid

EV Charging Station Locations:

Alectra Utilities Vaughan Office (161 Cityview Blvd, Vaughan, ON)

In November 2014, Alectra Utilities unveiled a level 3 charger unit at its office in Vaughan, which is free to the public to use. Power is supplied by Alectra Utilities and paid for by Survalent Technology and G&W Canada. The unit, which charges 10 times faster than the more common-place level 2 chargers, is equipped to handle both CHAdeMO and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) compatible electric vehicles.

Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham, ON)

Alectra Utilities is glad to announce that we have installed a new DC fast charger, compatible with CHAdeMO and SAE vehicles, located at the Markham Civic Centre, in partnership with The City of Markham and Nissan Canada. Courtesy of Nissan Canada, the charger will be free to the public until early September 2015 (to coincide with the PanAm games) and will then revert to a paid service. In order to use the charger, EV drivers will need to sign up to the VERnetwork, one of the largest charging networks in Canada. Users can sign up to receive an idVER™ card (which has an associated cost), or download the free mobile phone app that allows users to enable chargers remotely. Visit VERnetwork to find out more about how you can sign up and the associated rates for charging.

For more information about the Alectra Utilities EV program, email us at SmartCharging@PowerStream.ca.

Level 3 EV Charger EV Charger - Markham Civic Centre

In July 2011, Alectra Utilities took ownership of the first two Nissan LEAF™ 100% electric, zero gas, zero tailpipe emission vehicles (EVs) ever delivered in Canada.

Nissan Leaf 100% Electric Vehicle
Two Nissan Leaf EVs and Solar Panels
Two Nissan Leaf EVs Charging

At the time of the delivery, the Nissan LEAF was the world’s first zero emission, all-electric car made for the real world driving needs of consumers. With no tailpipe and no CO2 emissions, the vehicles each have a range of 160 kilometres (LA4 test cycle) on one full charge.

The two Nissan LEAF vehicles have been added to the company’s fleet and are now used in conjunction with the Alectra Utilities electric vehicle smart charging station pilot program. By using the Nissan LEAF with smart charging technology, Alectra Utilities is identifying the most cost effective means to control the electrical loading of its distribution system assets resulting from the advent of electric vehicle technology.

2011 Nissan LEAF EV Fast Facts

Vehicle range on full charge 160 kms
Top speed 150 kph
Cost $35,000 (before $8,500 government rebate)
Cost to fully charge battery $2.88 (at $0.12/kWh)
Battery capacity 25 - 30 kWh
Battery life 8 years or 160,000 kms
Emissions ZERO!
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