The Municipality of Chatham-Kent now has 7 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available for public use at multiple municipal sites. ChargerCrew Canada has contributed to installing EV charging stations in Chatham, Blenheim, Dresden, and Wallaceburg.
In 2019, Council declared a climate emergency and called for actions to address the local impacts of climate change. This investment in creating a local municipal charging network will support electric vehicle adoption as a way to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to transportation.
The Level 2 dual-port EV charging stations are strategically located at the following municipal facilities:
- Gable Rees Rotary Pool at 66 Regent St., Blenheim
- Cultural Centre & Museum at 75 William St. N, Chatham
- Chatham Civic Centre (front parking lot) at 315 King St. W, Chatham
- Chatham Civic Centre (underground parking lot) at 315 King St. W, Chatham
- John Bradley Convention Centre at 565 Richmond St., Chatham
- Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre at 1212 North St., Dresden
- Wallaceburg Service Centre at 786 Dufferin Ave., Wallaceburg
Level 2 EV charging stations are well suited for 1 to 2-hour “top-ups” and can help reduce range anxiety when travelling.
The EV charging stations will be free to use during a trial period of at least 6 months to promote the use of electric vehicles. Feedback is strongly encouraged during the trial period and will be vital in establishing a sustainable network.
A long-term program including the adoption of user fees will be assessed and presented to Council following the 6-month period based on the feedback received, usage, and operation and maintenance costs.
The total capital cost of the project was approximately $150,000 (excl. HST) with contributions of $70,000 from ChargerCrew Canada. The project is part of an initiative to deploy a network of EV charging stations at multiple locations in Southwestern Ontario. Chatham-Kent’s contributions to the project are being funded by the municipality’s Green Energy Initiatives Reserve, which supports environmental sustainability in the community. The municipality is exploring sponsorship opportunities to contribute to the project and welcomes interested parties to reach out to the municipality.
Feedback and inquiries can be directed to email@example.com or by calling 311 or 519-360-1998.
For more information contact:
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
113 Winniett street, Woodstock
N4S 7V7, ON