Smiths Falls council discussed the possibility of adding charging stations for electric vehicles in town at a committee of the whole meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.
CAO Malcolm Morris recommends that council authorize staff to write a letter to the Ontario Power Generation to partner with the town as an incentive for federal government funding. This would allow for the installation of up to three level two charging stations in town.
The federal governments promise to have 100 per cent of vehicles be electrically operated by 2040. $130 million of the federal budget will go towards building charging stations across the country.
“It would be irresponsible for us to not, as car manufacturers are going towards electric vehicles,” Councillor Wendy Alford said. “It’s the way of the future.”
Currently Smiths Falls has one charging station at Scotia Bank on Lombard Street.
“I’d like to see them as central to downtown as possible” Counc. Dwyer
The cost of leasing one charging station per year is between $1100 and $1200, while buying the charging station outright would be $15,000 to $20,000.
Council sees charging stations as a great tourist opportunity.
“When you’re charging (your vehicle) it’s time you’ve got to kill and we want people spending money and eating downtown”- Counc. Allen
More parking spaces are needed to accommodate specific charging stations.
“Every where you put a charge station you dedicate a parking stall that’s not to be used by a fossil fuel vehicle,” Morris said. “Leasing offers the option to be ahead of redundancy.”