In keeping with Brian Baker, there’s a “useless zone” that stretches from Newmarket to the south finish of Barrie.
It is an space with solely a single Electrical Automobile (EV) charging station, positioned at Bradford’s Meals Fundamentals. With that exception, electrical car homeowners are on their very own in the event that they want a lift, aside from Stage 1 charging stations (the plugs present in any residence), that may take 20 to 24 hours to totally recharge an ordinary 75 kwV battery.
The hole is each a deterrent to guests with EVs and a chance for Bradford, Baker stated.
Baker addressed Bradford West Gwillimbury’s Downtown Revitalization Committee Wednesday, urging the city to think about putting in EV charging stations in municipal parking tons, particularly within the downtown core.
“I take EV charging to coronary heart. I’m an EV proprietor,” Baker stated on the assembly. The Bond Head resident not solely owns a Tesla Mannequin three, he’s president of Mannequin three Membership of Canada.
Baker acknowledged that his objective is to push for extra charging stations from “coast to coast.”
Newmarket, for instance, boasts eight EV charging stations, together with:
- Southlake Regional Well being Centre (596 Davis Dr.)
- Lake Simcoe Area Conservation Authority (120 Bayview Parkway)
- Newmarket Mitsubishi (301 Mulock Dr.)
- Newmarket Nissan (17385 Leslie St.)
- Pfaff Volkswagon (16885 Leslie St.)
- Newroads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC (18100 Yonge St.)
- Treefrog (567 Davis Dr.)
- McDonalds (1100 Davis Dr.)
The city’s charging stations are owned and operated privately, and the Electrical Security Authority (ESA) challenge the permits for them, a spokesperson stated.
However Bradford West Gwillimbury is falling behind by way of the expertise, Baker stated, noting King Metropolis already has two charging stations; the City of Innisfil’s Line eight commuter car parking zone has two.
“There’s nothing in between,” Baker added.
As a part of his presentation, he defined the completely different ranges of chargers – Stage 1 being the family plug, Stage 2 providing 48 amps and totally recharging a battery in 10 hours, and Stage three “quick chargers,” that use 200 to 400 amps of electrical energy to recharge a 75 kwV battery in solely 35 minutes.
Stage three chargers take “quite a lot of vitality,” Baker acknowledged, noting that within the public realm, “Stage 2 are extra commonplace” as a result of they’re cheaper to buy and set up.
York Area, together with Vaughan, Aurora, Richmond Hill, King Metropolis, East Gwillimbury and Markham, and the Metropolis of Barrie all provide Stage 2 or three charging, principally freed from cost.
Orangeville is without doubt one of the exceptions. It’s Flo Chargers price $2.50 per hour – which works out to low cost parking. To discourage gas-powered autos and non-charging EVs from merely occupying the areas, Orangeville can also be one of many few municipalities to cross a bylaw and set a high-quality, making it unlawful to park on the charger when not charging, one thing Baker advisable.
Baker stated putting in Stage 2 charging stations will they assist combat local weather change by selling a substitute for the combustion engine, they might enhance tourism and revitalize the downtown, attracting EV homeowners to the group for a recharge and a go to.
On the assembly, Baker offered quite a few choices that might be built-in into any of Bradford’s parking tons. The price of pedestal and chargers ranged from about $21,300 for a Clipper Creek charging station that the city must set up itself, to a $68,049 ChargePoint, that included full set up.
Or, he stated, they might reap the benefits of Tesla’s provide of eight Tesla chargers and 4 Common chargers, plus pedestals, freed from cost. The one price can be set up.
“Nearly all of EVs on the highway are Teslas,” famous Baker, whose Mannequin three Membership has greater than 900 members. “The fee to the city, residents is minimal,” particularly if the city applies for the NRCAN grant funding now obtainable.
He recognized quite a few doable places for charging stations, together with the Barrie Road car parking zone, Mary Road lot, John Road West lot that’s slated for reconstruction this fall, and the BWG Leisure Centre.
Terry Foran, the city’s Director of Neighborhood Providers, warned that satisfactory energy won’t be obtainable at a few of the places. Operations on the Leisure Centre, Foran stated, had been already a heavy electrical draw, making Stage three chargers problematic.
“We’re draining the capability out of the transformers,” he stated, suggesting Stage 2 chargers might be “OK.”
Councillor Gary Baynes, chairing the assembly, famous this isn’t the primary free provide the city has obtained. This spring, an organization approached BWG with a proposal: “The City would offer house… in alternate for the set up of chargers,” he stated.
The city accredited the deal, the corporate utilized for an NRCAN grant – however “we haven’t but heard again,” Baynes stated.
City Chief Administrative Officer Geoff McKnight referred to as Baker’s presentation “nice info,” though he famous that “free” chargers are “clearly not free for us. We pay for the facility.”
He promised to do the analysis and incorporate the data right into a report back to council, though each Baynes and fellow Councillor Mark Contois warned that council is unlikely to maneuver rapidly on the problem.
McKnight instructed the city may a minimum of be certain that electrical conduits had been put in within the John Road lot, to be prepared for a charging station, if council decides to proceed.
“I feel it will be nice if we may reap the benefits of this chance from Tesla,” stated Ryan Charron, Bradford Board of Commerce member on the Downtown Revitalization Committee. He stated it is essential to do it earlier than EV charging stations turn out to be extra frequent.
“It’s a magnet for those that are travelling” and who drive both EVs or plug-in hybrids, Charron stated – and who could be persuaded to go to the downtown whereas their autos cost.
~With information by Kim Champion