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Bradford considers putting electric-vehicle chargers downtown

Chargers could also be put outside of grocery stores, says councillor
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There could soon be electric-vehicle chargers in downtown Bradford West Gwillimbury.

BWG council voted this week to ask town staff to investigate options for putting the chargers downtown, and to not sign an agreement with Baseload Power Corp. for a couple chargers until it examines all its options.

Jonathan Sandler of Baseload made a presentation to council last month about installing one or two electric-vehicle chargers in municipal parking lots, in exchange for a percentage of the revenue.

Some companies are giving away chargers, said Coun. Mark Contois at a June 18 meeting.

Other municipalities have also installed electric-vehicle chargers themselves, according to the minutes of a Downtown Revitalization Committee meeting, which made the recommendations council approved on Tuesday evening.

“The Committee noted that charging stations may be an opportunity for more people to visit the downtown,” added the minutes.

During Tuesday’s meeting, Coun. Gary Baynes said he would also like to see consideration given to locating chargers outside of grocery stores since it can take around 30 minutes to charge an electric vehicle and people need something to do in that time.

Sandler had proposed the BWG Leisure Centre as a possible location for a couple chargers.

Town CAO Geoff McKnight said investigating different options can also help the town learn more about what companies are offering and whether there are any other property owners interested in having a charger installed.


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Jenni Dunning is a community editor and reporter who covers news in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.
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