Set up of charging stations for electrical autos in Leduc – Edmonton

A plan to install electric vehicle charging stations has been approved by Leduc City Council to fill a void for electric vehicle owners traveling between Red Deer and Edmonton.

According to the city, there are currently no level 3 “superchargers” for electric vehicle owners driving from Red Deer to Alberta’s capital, and generally only a few charging stations between the two cities.

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In a press release released on Wednesday, the city said people who drive electric vehicles will be able to connect to charging points in a city-owned parking lot on 49 Street and 49 Avenue, about 22 miles south of downtown Edmonton, through October.

The city council approved the plan on Monday. A solar carport, a level 2 charger and a level 3 charger are required. According to the city, each charger will be able to charge two vehicles at the same time.

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Mayor Bob Young said the project not only attracts travelers to downtown Leduc, but also aligns with other destinations in the city.

“We continue to seek ways to boost Leduc’s economy, support sustainable options for residents and visitors, and work towards our greenhouse gas reduction goals,” he said.

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“The installation of the solar carport and the electric charging stations directly in our city center is a further step in this work.”

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The city plans that the solar carport will reduce Leduc’s carbon dioxide emissions by around 15 tons per year. Currently, the city estimates that Leduc residents own around 15 to 20 electric vehicles, but it expects that number will continue to increase in the years to come.

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The infrastructure will cost about $ 220,000 to install, the city said, noting that the city’s costs are expected to be subsidized with a $ 70,000 grant.

“The revenue from the solar carport is estimated at $ 10,000 a year and will pay back that portion of the city’s cost in about 15 years,” the city said.

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“The carport will generate more electricity than the car chargers consume and give motorists the opportunity to charge their vehicles for free.”

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