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City to get electric car charging stations

Ten electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be installed around the city this January.

Council approved the infrastructure at its meeting Tuesday night after hearing a presentation from the Pembina Institute, which partnered with the city to secure $40,000 from the provincial government to install the charging stations.

Alison Bailie, a senior technology and policy advisor for Pembina, which provides policy leadership and education on climate change and energy issues, told council the stations would help the city promote sustainability.

“We see electric vehicles as clean energy solutions,” said Bailie, who noted the charge stations are for hybrid vehicles (run partly on a battery and partly on fuel) such as the Toyota Prius, high-speed electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, as well as low speed electric vehicles which run purely on the power of a battery and cannot exceed 40 kilometres per hour.

Council approved the use of low-speed electric vehicles on city roads not more 50 km/hr earlier this year.


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