Cobourg Council have been discussing the provision of chargers for electric vehicles at least since 2021 and once again it was on the Agenda at Monday’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting. Randy Curtis of the EV Society gave a presentation and said there are vendors who would be willing to install and operate charging stations in Cobourg at no cost to the Town or taxpayer. That’s because revenue and grants would pay for their costs. There are details to be worked out – exactly how many (16?) and where, and which company to work with – Randy suggested an Ad Hoc Committee be formed to decide these in time for this year’s budget deliberations. Cost consideration would be potential loss of parking revenue and managing the vendor selection process.
Randy explained why this would be a good idea:
Benefits of EV Charging Stations
- The Government of Canada has proposed regulations that will require that at least 20 percent of new vehicles sold in Canada will be zero emission by 2026, at least 60 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035.
- It will increase Tourism by day trippers to Cobourg Beach and the CCC – ev owners plan trips using apps such as “Plug Share” to show charger availability
- Support for high density harbour area residents living in MDU’s – over 400 Condos and Townhouses on the waterfront were built prior to mandatory charging infrastructure requirement for MDUs and cost would be high to retrofit.
- Added support for downtown stores and restaurants
For more detail, see Randy’s Powerpoint presentation in Resources below.
Council was interested because of the zero cost but Director Brian Geerts said that an Ad Hoc Committee would not be needed since he was already working with volunteers. Council agreed and Brian will work on this and report back to Council. The next steps would appear to be to first firm up the details then issue an RFP asking for proposals.
- Installing more EV chargers in Cobourg – 5 July 2021
- Randy’s EV Powerpoint Presentation – pps format