Electric car charging station possibly in Bay Roberts’ future
Council looking into installation fees, other costs
Electric Car owners travelling through Newfoundland and Labrador may want to keep an eye on Bay Roberts in the future.
During Tuesday night’s council meeting, Mayor Philip Wood removed himself from the mayor’s chair, allowing Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman to take his place. During this time, Wood spoke on a number of topics he had been involved in, the last of which was a subject that Coun. Dean Franey, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, had asked him to bring forward to council. This topic was in relation to electric cars, and the possibility of installing an electric car charging station in the town.
Although Wood admitted he did not have much experience with electric vehicles, he saw it as a positive addition to the town nonetheless, noting that he was certain that more and more electric vehicles would be seen in the area as the years go on and technology continues to evolve.
“When (Franey) spoke to me about it, I thought it was a great idea,” Wood said. “I think it’s important that we look into the cost of how much it would be for us to install an electric car charger for residents, and also, how exactly does it work? Electric cars are coming in, and there’s no place in Conception Bay now for someone to charge their car.”
Wood also noted that, if the idea turns out to be economically viable, he felt as though the Bay Arena would be an ideal location for such an addition to the community. According to the CAA website, all charging stations on the Avalon Peninsula are located in the St. John’s metro area.
Franey’s notes to council estimated costs for installing an electric car charger to be around $2,400. As council investigates further into the possibility, questions such as what pool of money such funding would come from, and precisely how much work is involved with the installation process.
As for whether or not residents in Bay Roberts own electric cars, Yetman noted that although he did not know any off the top of his head, he felt confident in saying that there were likely a few being driven around the area, adding that the number of such vehicles was likely going to increase over the years.
“I’m just thinking out loud here, but I would imagine there would be a cost associated with charging your car at this station as well,” said Wood. “I think it’s definitely something we should look into. It doesn’t hurt to explore the option.”
Exploring the intricacies that come along with such a station is exactly what Tuesday night’s motion entailed. Council agreed to look further into the costs of an electric car charger, and just how beneficial one would be to the town. The motion was carried, with council agreeing to speak further on the topic at the next council meeting, when, hopefully, more information on the topic is available.
There are currently no electric car charging stations located outside of St. John’s, according to CAA’s official website.