Electric vehicle owners in Guelph now have more options for charging their vehicles after the city opened 20 new public charging stations.
Announced last June and supported by $100,000 of funding from the federal government, the new charging stations can be found in multiple locations, including various recreation centres, Riverside Park, the Guelph Civic Museum, the east and west parkade, the parking lot of the Guelph Lawn Bowling Club and the Guelph Public Library main branch.
The final charging station was installed in August.
With these new stations, this brings the total number of city owned and operated EV charging stations to 24. Within the community, there are also a number of charging stations owned and installed by private companies. According to the website plugshare.com, it lists another 22 EV charging stations owned by businesses in Guelph.
Bryan Ho-Yan is the manager of corporate energy and climate change for the City of Guelph. He explains all Flo charging stations are set at $1.50 per hour to match other municipalities who also use level two EV chargers.
"The whole thinking was to add onto the EV chargers that are throughout the city, we have a whole bunch at the University of Guelph and the auto mall area," said Ho-Yan, "It was to leverage the geographic spread of our facilities."
When designing the stations, he adds the city chose spots that would attract lots of people, like the Vic Road Recreation Centre and the Guelph Civic Museum. The city also put in accessible features and future infrastructure for any potential expansions of these new stations.
"We're really trying to see how these 20 plus chargers do and go from there."
Since installing the charging stations, Ho-Yan mentions receiving calls of interest and questions on how to use the charging station by residents.
"It's great to see the use of it," said Ho-Yan, noting he has seen vehicles plugged into some of these stations while out in the community, "It's great to see investments by the city being utilized to help the community."
With these charging stations available for use, Ho-Yan adds people should be respectful as it is a shared piece of equipment. To learn more about the locations of these public EV charging stations, click here.