Simcoe County’s three newest electrical vehicle charging stations are charged up and ready to go.

The new supercharger stations, paid for by funding from the provincial government, are located at the Simcoe County Museum; on 1151 Highway 26 at Midhurst; at the Washago carpool lot; on the corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11; and Station Park, at 212 Huron Street in Stayner.

The $267,350 project to install three level-three supercharger stations was applied for through the county’s sustainable operations program.

“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 Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to residents and visitors.”

Depending on the model of electric vehicle and the quantity of power required to drive them on highways, these superchargers can fully charge an electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes.

Drivers have already been taking advantage of the new charging stations. More than 20 electric vehicles plugged into the new units this past Canada Day long weekend, with 14 alone charging up in Washago.

The County of Simcoe charges users a fee of 25 cents per minute, with a typical full charge, lasting 30 minutes, costing $7.50. The charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the county to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.

To pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone, electric vehicle owners can download the Greenlots app. Charging locations and their status can be viewed on Plugshare.

Photo: Twenty electric vehicle drivers took advantage of three new level-three supercharger stations located in Simcoe County on the Canada Day long weekend. Simcoe County photo

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