Deploy Smart Grid Technology for Electric Vehicles

Using Ontario’s low-carbon hydroelectric and nuclear generation to power Made-in-Ontario zero-emission electric vehicles represents a significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse emissions while creating high value manufacturing.

  • Transportation is Ontario’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ontario’s vision is to have one out of 20 cars in Ontario electrically powered by 2020.
  • Over 70 percent of Ontario’s electricity is provided by the province’s greenhouse gas emission-free hydroelectric and nuclear generation. Converting Ontario’s coal generating stations to use carbon-neutral biomass for electricity would add to this low-carbon footprint.
  • Annually, Canada’s nuclear reactors help avoid about 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, about the same amount as taking 81 percent of Canada’s cars off the road.
  • Base load nuclear power generation is well suited to power electric vehicles because its safe, greenhouse gas emission-free, reliable 24/7 power aligns well with the overnight, off-peak charging of these vehicles.
  • Most of Canada’s $6 billion-a-year nuclear industry including its 160 supply chain companies, 60,000 direct and indirect jobs and millions a year in research and development is hosted by Ontario.
  • Ontario’s automotive sector supports over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs, 350 parts manufacturers and research at over 30 publically assisted research facilities.
  • Ontario’s world leading automakers are well positioned to build the next generation of electric vehicles.