Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative

Budgets 2016 and 2017 provided $96.4M over six years (April 2016 to March 2022) to the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (“the Program”) to establish a coast-to-coast network of fast-charging stations along the national highway systems, natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen refuelling stations in major metropolitan areas.

As of March 2020, the Program has selected 837 EV fast chargers, 23 natural gas refuelling stations and 8 hydrogen refuelling stations for funding.

Building on this investment, Budget 2019 provided an additional $130M over five years (April 2019 to March 2024) to support Canada’s ambitious zero emission vehicle (ZEV) penetration targets of 100% new vehicle sales by 2040, which required incremental funding to the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure funding, to accelerate and densify infrastructure deployment. The investments go beyond the national highway system, and focus on EV level 2 charging at workplaces, commercial and multi-unit residential buildings, public places, on-street and projects for fleets (e.g. taxis, car sharing), mass transit and inner city delivery.

NOTICE

The 2020 Request for Proposals of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative is now open. In order to adjust to the current situation related to COVID-19, the RFP will be open for an additional 30 days. Applicants must submit a completed application by July 23, 2020 (23:59 Eastern Time). The Program is aiming to release funding decisions by October 2020.

Please note that for this RFP, priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Increase the EV fast-charging infrastructure in under-served areas along Canada’s National Highway System.
  • Increase the natural refuelling infrastructure that extends freight corridors or creates new freight corridors.

1. What this Program offers

The Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (the Program) offers repayable contributions to support the construction of an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging, coast-to-coast network. For projects that include level 2 EV connectors or lower powered fast-chargers as a supplementary charging option at the same site, funding may also be available through the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. The Program funding also supports natural gas infrastructure along key freight corridors and hydrogen infrastructure in metropolitan centres.

How much can you receive?

NRCan’s repayable contribution through this Program will be limited to a maximum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) per project.

For EV fast chargers (from 50 kW power output and above), the Program will pay up to 50% of the total project costs to a maximum of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per fast charger.

The following EV chargers are also eligible for funding if placed with a level 3 fast charger as a supplementary charging option at the same site:

For EV fast chargers (from 20 kW to 49 kW power output), the Program will pay up to 50% of the total project costs to a maximum of $15,000 per fast charger.

For Level 2 (208 / 240 V from 3.2 kW to 19.2 kW power output) EV chargers, the Program will pay up to 50% of the total project costs to a maximum of $5,000 per connector. In order to be eligible for the maximum funding per connector, each connector must be able to charge a vehicle at the same time.

For natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations, the Program will pay up to 50% of the total project costs to a maximum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per refuelling station.

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

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