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Waterloo region and area to receive electric vehicle charging stations

The Ontario government plans to open 500 electric vehicle charging stations at 250 locations. Waterloo region, Wellington county and Guelph will have 16 by next March.

16 charging stations to be built in the area by March

The Ontario government plans to open 500 electric vehicle charging stations at 250 locations. Waterloo region, Wellington county and Guelph will have 16 by next March. (Google Maps)

Long trips in an electric vehicle are coming sooner than you think and without the worry about where you'll be able to recharge your car's battery.

The Ontario government has announced 500 charging stations in Ontario by March. There will be 16 located in Waterloo region and the surrounding area.

They include two each in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. Guelph gets two and there will be one south of the city in Aberfoyle. Stratford is also scheduled to receive one, while two others will be located along the 401 corridor.

Four other charging stations are planned for Wellington County: Two in Arthur, one in Harriston and one in Mount Forest.

Part of province's green investments

In total, there are 250 locations situated along major highways and in municipalities.

The government said Wednesday the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario's $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change.

Ontario hopes the new charging stations will help curb drivers' 'range anxiety.' (Oliver Walters/CBC)

The province provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers with a goal for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.

Guelph MPP and Treasury Board President Liz Sandals said the announcement was "great news for drivers."

"With more public charging stations available, electric vehicle owners can now plan longer trips with more confidence that a charging station is as readily available as a gas station is," Sandals said in a statement.

with files from Canadian Press

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