The Town of Collingwood is expanding its commitment to green initiatives with the installation of four electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Ste Marie Street parking lot adjacent to the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. This is in addition to six EV charging stations that were installed in the Pine Street parking lot in 2021.
The recent installation was made possible through funding from National Resources Canada (NRCan), and a Federal Development Agency (RT07) grant. EPCOR, the electricity provider for the Town of Collingwood, facilitated the distribution of federal funding and provided technical assistance on the installation.
There are four chargers in the Ste Marie St parking lot, bringing the Town’s total to 10 charging stations. The new installation includes two Level 3 fast chargers and two Level 2 chargers. The rates for charging are $1.75/ hour for Level 2 and $0.35/ minute for Level 3. All rates are inclusive of parking and are subject to change based on operating and maintenance costs. Under Collingwood By-law No. 2020-050 only Electric Vehicles are permitted in these parking spaces, and they must be charging when parked.
As of December 2022, the charging stations in the Pine Street parking lot have been used for 1,247 charging events and have generated a diversion of approximately 8,740 litres of fuel, or 19,492 kilograms of CO2.