Getting a charge out of Simcoe County

Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government.

Through the county’s sustainable operations program, more than $267,000 was received to install a trio of level-three supercharger stations. They can be found at Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst; Washago carpool lot, corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11; and Station Park, 212 Huron Street, Stayner.

The superchargers are able to charge a fully-electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model and quantity of power required, making them ideal for highway travel. On Canada Day weekend, more than 20 electric-vehicle owners took advantage of the units, with Washago, alone, servicing 14.

“With more than 465,000 residents and nine million visitors to our region each year, it is vital that we invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and highlight our commitment to being sound environmental stewards,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors.”

Simcoe County charges a fee of 25 cents per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up costs the user $7.50 and lasts about 30 minutes. Charging fees create a revenue-neutral operation for the county to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.

Electric-vehicle owners can download the Greenlots app to pre-load payment information and charge directly from their phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on Plugshare.

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