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One more reason to stop in Blind River

Ontario Hydro, OPG establish province-wide network of highway electric vehicle charging stations
Ivy Charging Network

Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) have launched the Ivy Charging Network, a spinoff company to create Ontario's largest grouping of electric vehicle charging stations.

The charging stations will be at 73 locations across Ontario. The intent is to have locations less than 100 kilometres apart on average.

A Blind River charging station was opened in early February.

Other Northern Ontario locations include: Atikokan, Chapleau, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Hearst, Ignace, Kenora, Marathon, Matheson, Nipigon, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, South River, Sudbury, Temiskaming Shores, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and Wawa.

The Ivy Charging Network is a limited partnership with equal ownership between Hydro One and OPG.

Greenlots, a member of Shell Group, will operate and manage the network.

"This fast-charger network will create a better and brighter future through a greener transportation sector while meeting the evolving energy needs of our customers and all Ontarians," said Imran Merali, vice-president of customer service of Hydro One.

"Having delivered the world's largest single climate change action to date with the closure of our coal stations, OPG's clean power serves as a strong platform to electrify carbon-heavy sectors like transportation," said Theresa Dekker, OPG's vice-president of corporate business development and strategy.

Natural Resources Canada, through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, provided an $8-million loan to Hydro One and Ontario Power Generation to help build the network.