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More electric car charging stations pop up in Ottawa Read more:

The City of Ottawa is following some local businesses in setting up electric car charging stations, partially to help current owners and partially to watch how the market grows.

There’s now a pilot charge station at City Hall, free for electric car drivers to charge up for two hours – that’s about half a “tank.”

Figures show about 170 electric cars are owned by people in Ottawa right now, with Hydro Ottawa’s CEO saying more charging stations could promote growth.

“If we build more of these charging stations, public charging stations, will people buy more electric cars or are people who are buying electric cars really concerned about their access to public charging stations?” said Bryce Conrad.

“I’m not sure which one, and that’s what the point of this pilot project is.”

Ricardo Borba, one of the first electric car owners in Ottawa, said the lack of charging stations isn’t a big downside because most owners charge at home, but it would be a plus.

“The same way you can find a gas station anywhere, it would be nice to find charging points any place in the city,” he said.
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