Electric vehicle drivers can charge their vehicles while they shop ... Guelph Hydro Inc., in partnership with Stone Road Mall, managed by Primaris, has installed a charging station for electric vehicles as a pilot program in the parking lot at Stone Road Mall in Guelph. The charging station and its operation will be demonstrated on Wednesday, December 12, at 1:45 p.m. at Stone Road Mall by plugging in and charging the following electric vehicles:
- Ford Transit Connect electric service van belonging to Guelph Hydro
- Chevrolet Volt provided by Barry Cullen Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. of Guelph
- Nissan Leaf owned by a Guelph Hydro customer
- Mitsubishi i-Miev - provided by Community CarShare
- Via Motors VTrux extended range electric (eREV) pickup provided by Sun Country Highway, the Canadian distributor for VTrux. The VTrux brand is a line of electrified full-size utility vehicles that get up 100 mpg (2.3 lt/100 kms) and have been billed as an "automotive industry game-changer" by automotive guru and late night TV host Jay Leno.
The Level Two - 240-volt charging station, supplied by Sun Country Highway, has one 240-volt connection and two 120-volt connections. The charging station serves two parking spots and is located in Stone Road Mall’s south parking lot between Sears and Old Navy, adjacent to Stone Road. The charging station is available for use free of charge for the duration of the pilot. Charge time will vary depending on how much charge is required. It can be used by any electric vehicle as well as electric scooters.
Guelph Now a Stop on Canada's Electric Highway
Sun Country Highway has helped to install almost 100 electric car charging stations along the Trans Canada Highway so people with electric vehicles can drive from coast to coast. The charging station at Stone Road Mall is now one of the charging points on Canada’s electric highway.
The electric vehicle charging station is part of the second phase of Guelph Hydro’s research study into electric vehicle use in Guelph. Data collected from the charging unit will be analyzed, including how long it takes to charge a vehicle and when and how often people are using it.
Plans for Two More Charging Stations in Guelph
Guelph Hydro has plans to install two more units in Guelph; one downtown and one in the north end. Guelph Hydro is inviting suggestions from the community on where to install them. To share your ideas, please email email@example.com Guelph Hydro is also seeking electric vehicle owners in Guelph or Rockwood who would like to participate in a university research study. For more information or to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking lots equipped with electric vehicle charging stations will help encourage Canadians to adopt electric vehicles, thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles. Transportation accounts for almost a third of Canada’s GHG emissions and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from this sector is a key area of focus in Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative.
Rebates Available for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The Province of Ontario is helping electric car owners install charging stations to encourage sustainable transportation and fight climate change. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, homeowners and businesses who received a provincial electric vehicle rebate and have installed or are planning to install an electric vehicle charging station will be eligible for rebates of up to $1,000 or 50 per cent of the total purchase and installation cost, whichever is lower. Application forms, full criteria and details for the rebate program will be available Jan. 1, 2013 at ontario.ca/electricvehicles.
"Recognizing that transportation accounts for almost one third of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, our goal in installing this charging station is to encourage the use of electric vehicles. Stone Road Mall is a perfect location for a charging station because drivers can shop while their vehicle is charging."
Barry Chuddy, CEO, Guelph Hydro Inc.
"As recipients of the prestigious Building Owners and Managers Building Environmental Standards Level 3 certification, we pride ourselves on our environmental leadership within the Canadian shopping centre industry. We’re excited to be part of the growing number of facilities helping make electric cars part of Canada’s changing transportation landscape."
Scott Lindsay, Manager of Operations, Stone Road Mall
"Transportation has been identified as a major contributor to Guelph’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a key component of the Community Energy Initiative. To that end, we encourage the use of electric vehicles and, as a growing community, it’s important we look forward and build the energy infrastructure we will need in the future. Electric vehicles will play an important role in the communities of tomorrow and I thank Guelph Hydro for leading the way."
Mayor Karen Farbridge, City of Guelph
"We are thrilled to partner with Guelph Hydro by supplying them with the charging infrastructure to enable the next paradigm shift in transportation—electrification. We see electric vehicles as a key enabler for sustainable development. Through the combination of investment in electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy production, consumers will be empowered and better able to control they energy related expenditures leaving more disposable income to put bread on the table"
Kent Rathwell, President, Sun Country Highway
"Owners of the Chevrolet Volt are sure to enjoy the convenience of being able to plug in and charge their vehicle for free while shopping at Stone Road Mall. The Chevrolet Volt has been exceeding customer’s expectations, not just on the basis of its revolutionary technology but in real world applications. One customer is reporting a savings of $4,000 per year in fuel. He has driven over 21,000 kilometres while spending approximately $250 on gas."
Mark Cullen, General Manager, Barry Cullen Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd.
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About Guelph Hydro Inc.
Wholly owned by Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. which is, in turn, 100 per cent owned by the City of Guelph, Guelph Hydro Inc. is the holding company for Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the local electricity distribution company serving 50,000 customers in Guelph and Rockwood, Ontario, Canada, and for Envida Community Energy Inc., an alternative energy company, also located in Guelph. Guelph Hydro Inc., named Large Company of the Year by the Ontario Energy Association in 2011 and awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce in 2012, is helping to create a reliable, diversified and sustainable energy supply to ensure the long-term competitiveness and prosperity of the communities it serves. For more information, visit: www.guelphhydroinc.com
About Stone Road Mall
Stone Road Mall is situated in Guelph, Ontario within commuting distance of Toronto. Stone Road Mall is supported by a primary customer base of 127,000 people, hosts over 7 million visits per year and is held in high regard among city residents as an avid supporter of community events. Anchored by Sears, Home Outfitters, Sport Chek, H&M, Old Navy and Chapter's, Stone Road Mall boasts a visually stunning 432-seat food court with a working fireplace and an exciting mix of more than 140 national and local retailers. Stone Road Mall is the largest enclosed shopping centre in Wellington County and the premier shopping destination for all area residents within a 20-kilometre radius. Visit: www.stoneroadmall.ca