Where to find electric car charging stations in the GTA
Several locations offer a charge, but not all are accessible to drivers. A number of downtown TO charging stations show up on the i3's nav, but most are in underground parking lots.
Said one BMW i3 to the other, “Dorothy, we’re not in Europe anymore.”
Finding a place to charge your EV in downtown Toronto is no picnic. A handful of Level 2 charger locations show up on the i3’s navi screen but most are in underground parking lots and are not reservable.
Some hotels have them (Trump, Chelsea, Sheraton Centre, One King West, Ritz-Carlton) but they are for guests only. George Brown College has five Level 2 charging stations at 51 Dockside Dr. — there is a fee for parking and additional fee for charging.
Things get a bit better outside the downtown core. A number of malls accommodate the Tesla dads — Sherway Gardens, Vaughan Mills, Yorkdale and Square One.
If you’re shopping at Ikea in Etobicoke, there are two free Level 2 chargers for customers. Ditto at the Tim Hortons on Wyecroft Road in Oakville and at 1098 Thompson Rd. S in Milton.
Of course, if you own any EV (and a house), you can get a 220-volt charger installed at your residence. These are now eligible for $1,000 in rebates ($500 on purchase price, $500 on installation).
Find all Canadian charging stations here.