Bev Boyes plugs her Honda Clarity in for a quick charge at the EV charging station at the Civic Centre in Chatham.
According to the municipality’s Madison Mantha, funding from Natural Resources Canada, as well as from the municipality, paid for the installation of the charging stations. The municipality’s portion was nearly $170,000.
Initial estimates for annual use are low, potentially a few hours per week, but officials will monitor the use of the stations, and they anticipate it to grow as more people switch to electric vehicles.
There will be a charge for users at some point, as officials are evaluating what the cost and payment structure will be.