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Getting a Charge out of the County of Simcoe

Midhurst/July 5, 2018 – Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government.

Through the County’s Sustainable Operations program $267,350 was applied for and received to install three “Level 3” supercharger stations that can be found at the following locations:

Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst
Washago Carpool Lot, corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago
Station Park, 212 Huron Street, Stayner
These superchargers are able to charge a fully electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle and quantity of power required making them ideal for highway travel. This past Canada Day long weekend saw more than 20 electric vehicle owners take advantage of these units, with Washago alone servicing 14.

“With more than 465,000 residents and 9 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 Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors.”

The County of Simcoe charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up – lasting approximately 30 minutes – would cost the user $7.50. Charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the County to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.

Electric vehicle owners can download the Greenlots app to pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on Plugshare.

The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca