The City of Pickering has launched its first public electric vehicle charging station pilot in an effort to support EV ownership and reduce emissions.

Pickering is the first municipality east of Toronto and west of Kingston to offer a Level 3 public charger, also known as a fast charger.

This project has been made possible [in part] by the Government of Canada, through its Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).

New EV Charging Station Locations & Fees

Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex

1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering

Two x Level 3 CCS Charging Points
60 kW
User Fee: $18/hour
Prior to Pickering’s installation, the next nearest location east of Toronto was Kingston

Four x Level 2 Charging Stations
8.3 kW
User fee: $1.40/hour

For EV Resources & Payment, visit


Pickering Operations Centre/Pickering Soccer Club

1955 Clements Road, Pickering

Six x Level 2 Charging Stations
6.7 kW

For EV Resources & Payment, visit

The difference between Level 2 and 3 Charging Stations

There are 3 standard charging levels used to charge electric cars. All electric cars can be charged with level 1 and level 2 stations. These types of chargers offer the same charging power as the ones you can install at home. Level 3 chargers - also called DCFC or fast charging stations - are much more powerful than level 1 and 2 stations, meaning you can charge an EV much faster with them. That being said, some vehicles cannot charge at level 3 chargers. Knowing your vehicle’s capabilities is therefore very important.

Charging Stations
Level 1 Public ChargersLevel 2 Public ChargersLevel 3 Public Chargers
Level 1 Outlet Level 2 Charging Station - Recreation Complex Level 3 Charging Station - Recreation Complex
Level 1 is the standard wall outlet of 120 volts. It is the slowest charge level and requires tens of hours to fully charge a 100% electric vehicle and several hours for a plug-in hybrid. Level 2 is the typical EV plug found in homes and garages. Most public charging stations are level 2. RV plugs (14-50) are also considered level 2 chargers. Lastly, some public stations are level 3 chargers, also known as DCFC or DC Fast Chargers. These charging stations are the quickest way to charge a vehicle. Note that not every EV can charge at level 3 chargers.

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Hours of Operation

The stations will be available for use 24/7, year round.

EV Resources & Payment

Future Locations

The City of Pickering anticipates expanding its EV infrastructure. See details below and please note that timelines are subject to change.

Pickering Operations Centre/Pickering Soccer Club 4 x
Level 2
Summer, 2023
Dr. Nelson F. Tomlinson Community Centre 4 x
Level 2
Summer, 2024
Pickering Heritage and Community Centre
(new build)
4 x
Level 2
Summer, 2026
George Ashe Library and Community Centre 4 x
Level 2
Summer, 2026

Quick Facts

  • An electric vehicle (EV) is any vehicle that is partially or fully powered by electricity and plugs in to recharge. They can reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
  • As of January 31, 2022, there are 72,655 EVs registered in Ontario. By 2030, one out of every three automobiles sold will be electric.
  • Charging electric vehicles costs less than purchasing gasoline and diesel for internal combustion engines. The average driver can save between $1,500-$2,500 per year on fuel and maintenance costs.
  • An EV is five times more efficient than a gasoline-powered vehicle at converting stored energy to turning the wheels.
  • Drivers could reduce their vehicle’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60-90% by driving battery electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and using Ontario’s low-carbon electricity to power their vehicles.

What is the City doing to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions?

The City is involved in a number of initiatives to further its journey in becoming one of the most sustainable cities in Canada.

View additional details, including the City’s Corporate Energy Management Plan.