Elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tion pos­si­bly in Bay Roberts’ fu­ture

Coun­cil look­ing into in­stal­la­tion fees, other costs

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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There are cur­rently no elec­tric car charg­ing sta­tions lo­cated out­side of St. John’s, ac­cord­ing to CAA’s of­fi­cial web­site.

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