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PowerStream goes public with high-speed EV charging

PowerStream Corporate Communications News Release / 2014/11/12

Electric utility also introduces innovative Vehicle-to-Grid power supply technology

VAUGHAN, ON, November 12, 2014 – Electric vehicle (EV) owners, who reside in or travel through Vaughan, can now take advantage of a high-speed charging station that can power up their cars in less than 30 minutes and at no cost.

Level 3 EV Charging Station at PowerStreamPowerStream, at its head office today, unveiled a level 3 charger unit that is being made available for public use.  The unit, which charges 10 times faster than the more common-place level 2 chargers, is equipped to handle both CHAdeMO and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) compatible electric vehicles.

The level 3 charging station’s power is being supplied by PowerStream but paid for courtesy of G&W Canada and Survalent Technology.

PowerStream also today introduced the first commercial Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) power supply system in North America with two high-capacity level 2 chargers connected to a solar carport located in the back parking lot of the company’s head office building.  PowerStream worked with Nissan to better understand how the all-electric LEAF can be connected to power systems to potentially benefit utility companies and drivers alike.

There are currently more than 2,000 electric vehicles in Ontario and approximately 300 in PowerStream’s service territory.  PowerStream’s unveiling of level 3 and V2G charging systems today is consistent with the company’s ongoing commitment to facilitate the connection of electric vehicles to the power grid.


  • “We are proud and excited to be working with Nissan, G&W and Survalent in bringing these new environmentally-friendly technologies to our customers,” said Maurizio Bevilacqua, PowerStream Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Vaughan. “Launching the publicly-accessible level 3 charging station and introducing V2G technology serve as examples of why we continue to be recognized as an industry leader.”


  • In 2013, PowerStream partnered with Georgian College to sponsor leading-edge research on power use, quality, consumption and costing of electric vehicles and introduced a first-of-its-kind charging station supported by PowerStream.
  • In 2011, PowerStream was the first Canadian company to deliver two Nissan LEAF EVs to its fleet for use in conjunction with the company’s electric vehicle smart charging station pilot program.


PowerStream is a community-owned energy company that provides power and related services to more than 370,000 customers residing or owning a business in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by the Cities of Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.



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