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GO offers electric car charging at train stations

Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf can now be charged at GO train stations as part of a pilot project unveiled by the Ontario government.
By: Tess Kalinowski Transportation reporter, Published on Wed Nov 27 2013

It’s one way of guaranteeing you get a parking space at the GO station.

Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray made that joke at the Oakville GO station on Wednesday at the unveiling of a three-year, $500,000 pilot project that puts electric car charging stations on the transit system.

Oakville, along with the Aurora, Centennial, Lincolnville and Whitby stations, has been equipped with charging facilities. Ajax, Burlington, Pickering, Erindale and Clarkson will get them next year.

The project is designed to make it easier for commuters to make environmentally friendly choices, said Murray.

“If you’re going to drive a car, we prefer you drive an electric car and it’s pretty hard to drive an electric car if there’s no infrastructure at our stations to do that kind of interface,” he said.

The charging stations will be demand driven.


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