Ontario's transportation network is changing quickly. In an effort to reduce harmful greenhouse gases from vehicle emissions, municipalities are promoting the expansion of electric vehicles and public stations to charge them.
In 2016, the County of Simcoe received provincial funding to install three "Level 3" electric vehicle charging stations. Full electric vehicles with a Level 3 fast-charging port (see below) can charge at these stations, and Tesla drivers require a Tesla adapter. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are not equipped to use these stations.
Charging Stations are located at the following sites:
- County Museum – 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst - online
- Washago Carpool Lot – Corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago - online
- Station Park - 212 Huron Street, Stayner - Stayner charger is currently offline awaiting software upgrades. Updates will be posted here and on the Plugshare website when the charger is operational again.
The County charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to charge, and the average electric vehicle takes 20 to 30 minutes to charge its battery from 0 to 80%.
If you're an owner of an electric vehicle, you can download the Greenlots app to pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on Plugshare.
- Chargers are equipped with CHAdeMO and SAE Combo CCS ports
- EV Charger Manufacturer: Efacec
- EV point of sales, technical and customer support: Greenlots
- Major automotive brands have committed to transitioning to partial- or full-electric motors by 2020
- Over 500 publically-funded EV chargers are being installed across Ontario in 2017-18
- There are over 10,000 registered electric vehicles in Ontario