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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Before you apply

NOTICE

The Request for Proposals (RFP) focusing on public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and light-duty vehicle fleets is now open until June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time). NRCan will target having funding decisions by October 2021.

**Temporary Measure - Extended Project Completion**

As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to cause supply chain disruptions and operational restrictions, the Program is now allowing up to an additional 12 months to complete projects. As a result, proponents may have up to 30 months from the date of agreement signature for the completion of EV charging projects, and up to 36 months from the date of agreement signature for hydrogen refuelling projects.

Note that the completion date indicated in a signed contribution agreement takes precedence. Therefore, to avail yourself of this accommodation, you must contact your NRCan project officer or email nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca, as an amendment to existing agreement will be required.

Get your Application Package!

By completing the Application Package Request Form, you will automatically receive the Applicant's Guide and the Application Form (Word and Excel documents).

Applicants must address all of the criteria in their project proposals and provide supporting information requested by the Program. The description of the individual criteria below are available in the Applicant's Guide.

  1. The Project must:
  • Be located in Canada;
  • Be a permanent installation (mounted or fixed models);
  • Be new and purchased equipment (not leased);
  • Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation);
  • Increase localized charging or hydrogen refuelling opportunities in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets;
  • For EV charger projects, your proposal must include:
    • A) a minimum of two (2) fast chargers of 50 kW and above; OR
    • B) if installing less than two (2) fast chargers of 50 kW and above, a minimum of twenty (20) chargers of all charging levels.

    Level 2 chargers, each connector can count as a unit towards the minimum of 20 chargers if each connector can charge a vehicle at the same time.

  • The work performed must be in compliance with all applicable local codes (for example, building and electrical) and bylaws (for example, zoning and parking);
  • The project timeline must show completion within 30 months for charging infrastructure and 36 months* for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure from the date of the contribution agreement signature. The distribution of Letters of Conditional Approval (LOCA) are expected in October 2021 and applicants of successful projects will have 6 months after the date of the LOCA to sign a contribution agreement.

*As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to cause supply chain disruptions and operational restrictions, the Program is now allowing up to an additional 12 months to complete projects.

  1. The project must meet the following technology eligibility criteria:
  • Be certified for use in Canada (e.g. CSA, ULC, UL, Interlink) and be commercially available.
  • Include one or more charging connectors of the following types:
    • SAE J1772 standard (Level 2 (208/240 V)
    • SAE J1772 Combo (for fast chargers)
    • CHAdeMO (for fast chargers)
    • Other proprietary connector types (See section 1.6 of the Applicant’s Guide for additional requirements with respect to other proprietary connector types).
    • Be connected as defined in Section 1.1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide.
  • For hydrogen refuelling projects, the station must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at 700 bar minimum.
  1. The applicant must be an eligible recipient as per Section 1.3 of the Applicant’s Guide.
  1. The applicant must provide a project timeline with phases (milestones) including all activities that shows that the project can be completed within 30 months for charging infrastructure and within 36 months for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure after the signing of the contribution agreement in April 2022.
  1. The applicant must demonstrated at least 50% of secured funding (firm) of their share of the Total Project Cost.
  1. For EV charger projects that increase the electrical load by more than 50 kW, the applicant must demonstrate that the utility has been engaged and is aware of the Project.
  1. The applicant must own the lands, have access to the lands or demonstrate that they have the capacity to obtain access to the sites where the Project will be built.

Earn merit points by meeting the Evaluation Criteria

Project proposals that meet all the mandatory criteria will then be reviewed and point-rated based on the following merit criteria.

  • Project rationale and background (business case);
  • Technical details of the Project;
  • Indigenous Business participation;
  • Capacity to deliver the Project;
  • Project and site readiness;
  • Increased secured Project financing; and
  • Other impacts such as signage and visibility and operation and maintenance plan.

Make sure you:

  • Complete your proposal using the Program’s Application template (Application Package);
  • Include all required supporting documents;
  • Verify your proposal against the Supporting Documentation Checklist in the Application Form;
  • Sign the Applicant's Attestation; and
  • Submit your proposal

It is highly recommended to submit the complete application well in advance of the submission deadline of June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time).

Any questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at:

NRCan.TAF-TCR.RNCan@Canada.ca

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