Hydro Ottawa gives electric vehicles a boost

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Teams with industry leader ChargePoint toinstall workplace charging stations

When it comes to corporate commitment on issues like environmental sustainability, is yours an organization that delivers on its claims?

As part of its Environment Sustainability Strategy, Hydro Ottawa actively promotes energy conservation in the community and strives to make its own operations more sustainable.

Most recently, the company has partnered with ChargePoint to install EV charging units at two of its office locations, accommodating a total of six car-charging spots. The new additions to the parking lots mean employees at the province’s largest municipally owned producer of green energy can top up their vehicle battery, for a small cost, while they work. 

After being installed in late November, this innovative solution has already sparked interest amongst staff. There’s no denying the growing popularity of the lost-cost, low-carbon emission vehicles in the Nation’s Capital. A 2014 Hydro Ottawa study in partnership with Pollution Probe found that close to half of all potential early EV adopters use their vehicles every day, and that the majority of vehicle commuters park in an employer-provided lot.

“As a company that prides itself on its environmental stewardship, I’m very pleased that we’re able to offer this to our own EV owners,” says Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad. “We’re in that position to both serve, and drive, the growth of EVs.”

While the charging stations for its staff are a first, it’s not Hydro Ottawa’s initial foray into the EV landscape. Its own vehicle fleet boasts several green vehicles, including EVs, hybrids, flex-fuel, and those with battery technology. The company has been involved in studying EV adoption in Ottawa, partnering on the Electric Mobility Adoption and Prediction report with Pollution Probe, which studied the impact of expected charging demands on the local electricity grid. 

Conrad says energy efficiency is an issue in transportation as much as it is in electricity use. “EVs are destined to become an everyday part of our electricity consumption profile. It’s important for Hydro Ottawa to show leadership, given our focus on sustainability.”

ChargePoint was a natural fit as a collaborator, given its experience operating the world’s largest EV charging network. Drivers can use the ChargePoint mobile app to find charging stations, check charge status, manage their activity, and more. Given its digital technology, the company will be able to routinely measure the stations’ impact on reduced emissions. 

So, consider: what can your business do to “walk the talk” of its environmental commitment? 

Learn more about EVs in Ottawa and sustainability at Hydro Ottawa by visiting: https://hydroottawa.com/environmental-commitment.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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