At the June 21 Committee of the Whole (CoW) Council Meeting, the Sustainability & Climate Emergency Advisory Committee (SCEAC) recommended that Council proceed with installing eight Electric Vehicle (EV) Chargers at three locations in Town to take advantage of a $40K grant from Natural Resources Canada. However, Councillors were concerned that they did not have enough information on who would use the stations and ongoing costs to the Town. Brent Larmer advised that David Kuhnke, (representing EV owners in Cobourg) would be presenting at the next regular Council meeting on 28 June, so Council decided to defer a decision pending his input and a report from Staff. David’s presentation did not answer all the questions so a decision has not yet been made but there should be a decision in time for 2022 budget deliberations.
Unless you personally own an electric vehicle – that’s a plugin, not a hybrid – there is a lot of background that you may not know. So I’ve done some research for you.
Types of Chargers
Level 1 – that’s where you plugin at home into a regular 115V 15 Amp outlet. Most owners use this as their primary charging method. A full re-charge takes overnight or longer.
Level 2 – that’s custom equipment that needs to be installed by an electrician. It uses 208-230V multi-phase 32 to 80 A – 7.7 to 22KW. It’s similar to power used by Dryers and Stoves. Most private fast chargers are of this type. Time to recharge varies with the installation but a full recharge would take several hours. All installations use the same connecter J1772. Most Level 2 public chargers do not charge a fee although some have conditions attached.
Level 3 – that’s what Tesla Superchargers are and there are a few commercial ones as well – notably by Petro-Canada. The connector used by Tesla is unique and there are two other kinds of connectors used by other vehicles. Re-charge times can be less than an hour. Installation requires a special hydro connection and would not normally be possible at a residence. Using Level 3 chargers usually comes with a fee although some Teslas get free use of superchargers.
Charger locations in Cobourg as of 5 July 2021
For more detail (plug, conditions, phone, notes) see Charge Hub
|Name||Type – KW||Location||Usage Fee|
|Lakefront Utilities *||Level 2 – 7.2 KW||201 Division St||Free|
|Police *||Level 2 – 6.24 KW||Hibernia Parking Lot||Free|
|Best Western||Level 2||930 Burnham St,||Free for overnight guests|
|Cobourg Nissan||Level 2||831 Division St||Unknown|
|Venture 13 *||Level 2 – 7.2 KW||739 D’Arcy St||Free|
|Petro-Canada||Level 3 (not Tesla)||490 White Street||$0.33 per minute|
* On Municipality owned property
New locations proposed by the Town and recommended by SCEAC [My clarifications in square brackets]
- 2 dual chargers to charge 4 vehicles at the Cobourg Community Centre
- 1 dual charger on lower Division St. next to Victoria Park [better described as near the Trailer Park]
- 1 dual charger in the Cobourg Harbour parking lot; [It was also described as behind the downtown LCBO]
The next step is further discussion with SCEAC to hopefully get usage data. This would be followed by a staff report with detailed cost implications then final approval at the 2022 budget sessions.
- Recommendation by SCEAC
- Presentation by David Kuhnke, EV Society of Canada, Northumberland Chapter
- Map of charger locations