Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Canadians are preparing for a future where consumers can purchase a wide range of powertrain types. Although internal combustion engines (ICEs) will continue to represent a large portion of the market, battery electric and hybrid options are rapidly growing in popularity and becoming a much more widespread option. The Government of Canada believes that electrification is crucial to decarbonizing the transportation sector and the transition to a low-carbon future. To further this initiative, as a part of Budget 2019, the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVI) was developed to increase access to localized and visible charging infrastructure for Canadians.

The Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program will provide successful applicants with up to 50% of total project costs up to a maximum of $5,000,000 per project.

The first request for proposals is currently focusing on two infrastructure streams: Public Places and On-Street, both of which include eligibility requirements described below. The deadline to submit applications is September 18, 2019.

About the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Administered by Natural Resources Canada, the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVI) is set to help the federal government’s goal for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to capture 10% of all light-duty vehicles (LDV) sales per year by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. To lessen driver concerns about finding stations to charge their vehicles, ZEVI funding will go towards increasing the network of zero-emission vehicle charging (level 2 and higher) and refueling stations in more localized areas where Canadians live, work, and play.

Applicants may receive up to 50% of total project costs up to a maximum of $5,000,000 in Canadian government funding. The minimum funding ask is $100,000.

Funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refueling demand. The current application deadline is September 18, 2019 for the Public Places and On-Street streams.

Applicant Eligibility: Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

In order to be eligible to receive funding for electric vehicle charging stations, applicants should be:

  • Individuals and legal entities incorporated or registered in Canada including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:
    • Companies
    • Electricity or gas utilities
    • Standards organizations
    • Research associations
    • Industry associations
    • Academic institutions
    • Indigenous and community groups
    • Provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments
  • International legal entities incorporated or registered abroad including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as:
    • Academic institutions
    • Industry associations
    • Standards organizations
    • Research organizations
    • Companies

Eligible Projects: Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

The two open calls for Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program proposals are under the Public Places and On-Street Streams.

Public Places: Support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in parking areas intended for public use. Parking areas can be privately or publicly owned and operated. Examples of public places include: service stations, arenas, restaurants, medical offices, libraries, park and rides, etc.

On-Street: Support municipalities, and regional and provincial governments, or their partners, for electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment for on-street and curbside charging.

Project requirements include:

  • A minimum of 20 charging stations;
  • Work performed must follow all applicable local codes;
  • Charging infrastructure must be installed in a parking space visibly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
  • Project must be completed within eighteen (18) months after the receipt of the Letter of Conditional Approval.

Eligible Technologies for ZEVI Funding

The electric charging station must:

  • Be in Canada;
  • Be new and purchased equipment (not leased);
  • Be a permanent installation (mounted or fixed models);
  • Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation);
  • Be certified for use in Canada (e.g. CSA, UL, Interlink) and be commercially available;
  • Include one or more of the following charging connector types:
    • SAE J1772 Combo (for fast-charging stations)
    • SAE J1772 standard plug head (Level 2 (208/240 V)
    • CHAdeMO (for fast-charging stations)
    • Other proprietary charging connector types
  • Be connected as defined in Section 1.1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide; and
  • Each connector must be able to charge a vehicle and support a dedicated parking space simultaneously.

Funding is also available for electric vehicle and/or hydrogen infrastructure for corporate fleets, last-mile delivery fleets, and mass transit.

Type of Charging Station Maximum Funding
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) charging station $5,000 per connector
Fast-charging station (from 20 kW to < 50 kW) $15,000 per station
Fast-charging station (from 50 kW and above) $50,000 per station

Apply for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

The Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program is currently open and accepting applications. The Canadian government funding program has a deadline of September 18, 2019. All applicants will be informed of the results in November 2019.

To learn more about the program and discuss if your upcoming project is positioned to succeed, please contact Mentor Works. We can also help optimize the application and reporting process.

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Myra Bredin holds a Diploma of Business Marketing at Conestoga College. Her interest in blog writing, social media and event planning makes her excited to be Mentor Works’ Marketing Analyst, where she can use these skills to educate and support Canadian businesses with government funding.

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