Electric vehicle charging station coming to downtown Orangeville

The Town of Orangeville will soon have an electric vehicle charging station in the downtown business district.

Orangeville Council voted in favour of the purchase and installation of a dual electric vehicle charger in the municipal parking lot at 86 Broadway. Council will consider a by-law at a future meeting to establish fees for the use of the Town-owned chargers. The Town’s traffic by-law will also be amended to enable enforcement of the fees by-law.

A staff report to Council notes that the provincial government currently provides significant incentives for the purchase of battery electric and hybrid plug-in vehicles to reduce the costs associated with purchasing these vehicles. But charging infrastructure, particularly in rural areas of Ontario, can be an issue for electric vehicle owners.

The Town has applied to the Green Municipal Fund to obtain funding for the creation of a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan. If the funding application is successful, the sustainability plan will be developed in 2018 and will likely include recommendations and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This undertaking supports the Town’s commitment to becoming a more sustainable community.

A Level 2 charger unit costs an estimated $15,000 to supply and install but the cost is expected to be closer to $7,700 with Orangeville Hydro providing in-kind support. The Orangeville Sustainability Action Team has committed $5,000 to the project and the Economic Development Committee has recommended $5,000 from the Economic Development office to support the project. The Orangeville Business Improvement Area has also provided a letter of support for the project. Ongoing costs associated with hydro consumption are to be recovered by user fees.