Hydro Ottawa is continuing their goal to develop a network of charging stations to help transportation throughout the city. Hydro Ottawa and FLO are partnering together to pilot 100 “level two” charging stations with residential customers in Ottawa throughout the coming months.
The project’s goal is to help the utility understand residential EV demands. Hydro Ottawa will be recruiting pilot participants, marketing the pilot project, and managing the installation of all charging stations for participants. The company has already installed EV chargers at city hall, the Rideau Centre and Brookstreet Hotel.
FLO will be using its resources to make up to 100 FLO Home X5 charging stations available for the project while providing software services like real-time monitoring, reporting and analysis of infrastructure impacts, as well as conducting demand response events and determining integration with renewable resources.
“As Ottawa’s local electricity provider, we are in a unique position to help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Ottawa. This pilot project with FLO will allow us to learn the impacts of EVs and charging stations on our electricity grid; helping us pave the way to better support electric vehicles in Ottawa,” said Bryce Conrad, president and chief executive officer at Hydro Ottawa.
Louis Tremblay, chief executive officer and president at FLO adds, “Accommodating the growing demand for electric vehicle charging represents an opportunity for utilities as the majority of EV charging happens at home. The connectivity of our products allows utilities to future-proof their assets
and reduce pressure on the grid. We’re proud to support Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan through this initiative, and greatly look forward to working with other North American utilities to deploy similar solutions.”