Kingston Wins Municipal Electric Champion Award

Published on: 2019/05/13 - in Science & Tech

The City of Kingston was honoured with Electric Mobility Canada’s inaugural Municipal Electric Champion Award this past week for its efforts to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the city and incorporating EVs into its municipal light duty fleet.

Kingston was recognized with the award for the 50,000 to 200,000 population size category while Montreal won for the 200,000+ population category and the City of Plessisville in Quebec for under 50,000. The awards were handed out at the EV2019VÉ Conference and Trade Show in Quebec City on May 8.

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“This award recognizes Kingston as a leading city in this area,” said Paul MacLatchy, director, environment, who accepted the award. “When combined with our investments in active transportation and public transit, electric vehicles are an important component of reducing our city’s carbon footprint and improving local air quality. We want to encourage more people to consider switching to an electric vehicle and establishing a network of EV charging stations makes doing so more viable.”

According to a City release, electric vehicles can be more than 60 per cent less expensive to operate than gasoline vehicles – when factoring in cheaper fuel, no need for oil or filter changes and significantly less moving parts – and gasoline vehicles creating over 30 per cent of Kingston’s carbon footprint.

The City is installing 50 public EV charging stations in 21 locations. Find out where they are and how to use them at

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