Amherstburg looking at electric vehicle charging stations

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town of Amherstburg is seeking funding for three new electric vehicle charging stations.

The town, through its public works department, noted the Ministry of Transportation, “is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing $20 million this year from the Ontario Green Investment Fund to support the build-out of a network of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Ontario.”

According to the town’s administrative report: “The Ministry will provide up to 100 per cent of the capital costs for the purchase and installation of eligible electric vehicle charging station. Eligible project costs include site design, site preparation, purchase and installation of the charging stations, and all necessary permits to install the equipment. Two per cent of the total funds requested can be utilized for operating costs, for up to two years. A charging fee can be utilized by the municipality to cover operating cost beyond the funds provided by this program. EVSE charging fees in other jurisdictions range from $5-$10.”

The town is looking into three electric vehicle charging stations. Pictured are charging stations at the LaSalle Civic Centre.

The town is looking into three electric vehicle charging stations. Pictured are charging stations at the LaSalle Civic Centre.

The three locations under consideration for charging stations include two downtown parking lots and the Libro Centre. The parking lots include the Navy Yard Parkette lot just south of 238 Dalhousie St. and the lot at the corner of Richmond St. and Ramsay St.

Councillor Rick Fryer spoke in favor of proceeding with applying for funding for new charging stations and believed it would show the town’s commitment to green energy.

“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” said Fryer, adding it would put Amherstburg on the “cutting edge” by ushering in new technology.

CAO John Miceli believed it was a good move for the town and the locations were recommended to the amount those areas are visited. He said it would be a user-pay system.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pointed out the matter came up during a recent board meeting at Essex Power. He noted Amherstburg is a municipality that is “taking the lead” on this issue.

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