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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration (EVID) Program

Program Background

Canada’s transportation sector accounts for approximately 25% of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The increased adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) is key to decarbonizing the transportation sector and transitioning to a low-carbon future.

The Government of Canada allocated up to $76M in funding under Budgets 2016 and 2017 to the EVID program to support demonstrations of next-generation and innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Projects are addressing technical and non-technical barriers to the installation, operation and management of charging and refuelling technologies.

Program Objectives

The EVID program aims to accelerate the market entry of next generation clean energy infrastructure, by supporting demonstration projects of innovative EV charging and hydrogen refuelling technologies, in order to lead to an increased uptake of ZEVs.

One of the requirements for the demonstration projects is to have a technology readiness level (TRL) of at least 5 at the beginning of the project and must achieve a TRL of at least 8 at the end of the project.

Program Results to date

To date, over 20 demonstration projects are addressing key technical and non-technical barriers in a range of applications focussing on challenges to the implementation of EV charging infrastructure. Projects span across the country, covering 6 provinces and 1 territory, in a combination of urban, rural and remote settings, and in partnership with a variety of proponents including industry, utilities, municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations.

Projects to date are addressing challenges in a number of applications, such as:

  • load management and novel business models at multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces;
  • curbside charging;
  • charging infrastructure for autonomous vehicles;
  • bi-directional charging with energy storage;
  • fast-charging in the North;
  • development of infrastructure standards and interoperability for electric bus overhead charging;
  • repurposing used batteries for fast-charging;
  • grid impacts and vehicle-to-grid applications; and
  • innovative charging hardware and software.

In the Spotlight

Canada Invests in Electric Vehicle Grid Integration Pilot Project in Nova Scotia

The EVID program is providing $1.1M to help establish cost-effective energy solutions for an EV smart grid–integrated system in Nova Scotia. The pilot project will demonstrate and assess smart charging EV solutions and technologies for the potential to make more efficient use of renewable power sources and reduce the demand on current electricity infrastructure, such as power lines. The technologies will enable EVs to store and discharge electricity during peak times to ease pressure on the grid.

News Release - January 12, 2021

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Applicant’s Guide to the EVID Program.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Energy Innovation Programs.

Projects already supported by the EVID program can be found on our Current Investments page by selecting ‘EVID Program’ under the ‘Funding Program’ pull down menu.

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Email the EVID Program at evid-dive@canada.ca

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