Kingston has won Electric Mobility Canada’s inaugural Municipal Electric Champion Award for the city’s work installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around Kingston and incorporating EVs into its municipal light duty fleet.
The award has multiple categories based on population. Kingston won the ‘population 50,000 to 200,000 category.’
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, City Environment Director Paul MacLatchy received the award at the EV2019VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Quebec City on behalf of the municipality. MacLatchy said the award “recognizes Kingston as a leading city in this area,” and stated that electric vehicles are an “important component of reducing our city’s carbon footprint and improving local air quality.”
Kingston has taken the initiative to promote electric vehicles as an eco-friendly alternative to gasoline vehicles, which they cited as creating “more than 30 per cent of Kingston’s carbon footprint.”
“We want to encourage more people to consider switching to an electric vehicle,” MacLatchy said. “Establishing a network of EV charging stations makes doing so more viable”.
The city plans to install 50 public EV charging stations in 21 locations. Locations and instructions on how to use the charging stations can be found at www.CityofKingston.ca/EV.