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Hardware store amps up Prairie charging stations

RED DEER, Alta. — Customers of Peavey Mart are getting a charge out of the Red Deer-based hardware and farm supplies retailer now that it is installing electric vehicle power stations at all of its stores.

The company has already opened six charging stations and announced a commitment Wednesday to install others throughout its network of 30 mostly rural stores in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba. All but two of the company’s stores are in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The retailer says it is offering the charging stations as a free public service.

“We figured we already had parking stalls for every customer who drives a gas vehicle, but we really had nothing, and nobody else had anything to offer, to the electric customer,” said Jest Sidloski, manager of training and development for Peavey Industries.

“Granted, they’re few and far between now but we believe the technology is going there so we want to make sure we are providing that, so any customer can come and park in our parking lot and shop in our stores.”

A charging station has been operating for about a month at the Red Deer Peavey Mart. It is already proving to be popular because it’s in the middle of the busy Edmonton-Calgary corridor.

“In Red Deer, we’ve been seeing quite a few electric cars stop by, mainly cars going from Edmonton to Calgary and vice-versa. They’re stopping for about a half-hour just to give them that extra few miles,” said Sidloski.

While there are no Peavey Marts in Edmonton, a charging station is expected to come online at the Leduc location by the end of June and others are planned for Spruce Grove and Westlock by year’s end.

Installing a charger can run in the thousands of dollars and the machine can cost up to a thousand dollars, but a two-hour charge will only cost the company a few dollars, Sidloski said.



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