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Thousands more EV chargers coming to Canada as ZEVIP opens new RFP

July 3, 2024 | By Anthony Capkun

July 3, 2024 – To advance vehicle electrification across the country, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources launched a new Request for Proposals under the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) to help deploy “thousands more chargers across Canada”.

“This will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a prosperous net-zero future,” said Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson.

The RFP will support the deployment of electric vehicle chargers in both public and private locations. As such, there are 2 Streams under this RFP, with differing requirements:

STREAM 1: Public EV charging

a) Corridor public EV charging infrastructure
b) Community public EV charging infrastructure

STREAM 2: Private EV charging

NRCan’s contribution through ZEVIP will be limited to a maximum of $5 million per project. ZEVIP will pay up to 50% of total project costs (75% for Indigenous businesses and communities), up to maximum amounts as shown in the following:

Eligible projects

To be considered for funding, all EV chargers within the project must:

• Be located in Canada.
• Be installed in compliance with all applicable local codes and bylaws.
• Be a permanent, hard-wired installation (mounted or fixed).
• Be new and purchased equipment (not leased).
• Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation.
• Be certified for use in Canada and be commercially available.
• Be networked to a charging network.
• Include the following connector types: SAE J1772 standard (208/240 V), SAE J1772 Combo (CCS), SAE J3400 (NACS).

Eligible applicants

Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada or abroad, including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, such as:

• Electric utilities
• Companies
• Industry associations
• Indigenous businesses and community groups
• Strata or condo corporations
• Canadian provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies where applicable

The following are not eligible for funding support under ZEVIP:

• Individuals or any part of federal public administration, including departments, Crown corporations and agencies.
• Softwood lumber companies and those that are vertically integrated with them.

N.B. Projects must be submitted by the organization (the Proponent) that will own the infrastructure and that will be incurring the bulk of the expenditures. Proof of eligible expenditures for reimbursement needs to be under the name of the Proponent.

Applications will be accepted until September 19, 2024 (11:59 pm EDT).

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