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Canada: Electric car chargers hoped to fuel tourism

Kent Rathwell’s company Sun Country Highways is currently installing e-vehicle chargers across the country, including in Sudbury at the Quality Inn. He’s pictured to the left, along with hotel general manager Troy Rainville. (Hilary Duff/CBC)

The installation of four electric vehicle chargers at locations between Sudbury and Toronto means drivers can now make the journey on nothing but battery power — and hopefully give a boost to tourism.

Before these charging stations were installed, electric vehicle drivers in Toronto were restricted to travelling within the Greater Toronto Area, said the president of the Canadian company Sun Country Highways.

“Now that a lot of [people] are moving to electric cars to save money and help the environment and keep more money available for their family and their leisure activities, hopefully their leisure activities will include Sudbury in the future,” Kent Rathwell said.

His company is currently installing e-vehicle chargers across the country, including in Sudbury at the Quality Inn.

The general manager at the hotel, Troy Rainville, said the charge is free for hotel and restaurant guests and available to others at a small fee.

“It’s the perfect tie-in and I do believe that there will be an increase in tourism having this station,” he said.

“We’re hopeful that eventually we’ll have a number of other electric charging stations.”

New charging stations have also been installed in Parry Sound, Orillia and Aurora.

Rathwell said he expects the stations to draw people from southern Ontario to the north.
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