Hydro Ottawa to test residential EV charging stations

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Hydro Ottawa has partnered with a Quebec-based company on a pilot project to install charging stations for electric vehicles at local residences.

The project will see Quebec City’s FLO set up charging stations at 100 residential locations in Ottawa over the coming months. Hydro Ottawa said the pilot is meant to help the city-owned utility get a better handle on exactly how much power residential charging stations use.

“As Ottawa’s local electricity provider, we are in a unique position to help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Ottawa,” Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad said in a statement. “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.”

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FLO will provide software for real-time monitoring, reporting and analysis of hydro usage at the stations and the impact they have on the power grid. Hydro Ottawa says it will launch a marketing campaign to recruit customers for the project.

A subsidiary of Quebec-based AddEnergie, FLO says it is Canada’s largest electric vehicle charging network, with stations in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It supplies charging solutions to residential, business and municipal customers and operates public charging stations across the country.

Residential customers interested in participating in the pilot can visit www.hydroottawa.com/ev to register.

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