Grey County Supports Funding Application for Fast Charger Installation

Grey County is backing a funding application to install a Level 3 fast charger at Grey Gables in Markdale, as part of a regional public EV charging network. This initiative is part of the Rural ReCharge project, a collaborative effort between Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Wellington, Huron, and Perth counties to expand the availability of public charging infrastructure in the region.

The consulting firm Community Energy Associates and Ivy Networks, a third-party implementation partner, have been retained to oversee the project. Several sites have already been selected based on various factors such as amenities, accessibility, travel patterns, and power availability. The planned locations in Grey County include Durham, Markdale, Thornbury, Owen Sound, Springmount, Shallow Lake, Meaford, and Dundalk.

Ivy Networks will bear all costs associated with installation, maintenance, and operation, including any necessary electrical upgrades. Users of the chargers will pay at the station, with the funds going towards the recuperation of installation and maintenance costs.

While Level 2 chargers have 2-8 charging ports, Level 3 chargers have just one port. The cost of a Level 3 charger per port averages between $100,000 and $200,000, whereas a Level 2 charger costs around $10,000 per port.

The total investment in Grey County through this project could surpass $1 million. The county has thus far contributed less than $10,000, along with staff resources, to support the project.

The funding application for the project is being submitted to the MTO ChargeOn program, which would cover 50% of the costs. However, it is likely that not all sites across the six counties will receive funding. In such cases, alternative funding options will be explored.

Grey County’s efforts to expand public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles not only promote sustainable transportation but also contribute to the overall growth and accessibility of electric mobility in the region.

FAQ:

1. What is the Rural ReCharge project?
The Rural ReCharge project is a collaborative effort between Grey, Bruce, Dufferin, Wellington, Huron, and Perth counties to expand the availability of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the region.

2. Who is overseeing the project?
The consulting firm Community Energy Associates and Ivy Networks, a third-party implementation partner, are overseeing the project.

3. Which locations in Grey County have been selected for the installation of fast chargers?
The planned locations in Grey County include Durham, Markdale, Thornbury, Owen Sound, Springmount, Shallow Lake, Meaford, and Dundalk.

4. Who will bear the costs associated with installation, maintenance, and operation?
Ivy Networks will bear all costs associated with installation, maintenance, and operation, including any necessary electrical upgrades.

5. How will users of the chargers be charged?
Users of the chargers will pay at the station, with the funds going towards the recuperation of installation and maintenance costs.

6. What is the difference between Level 2 chargers and Level 3 chargers?
Level 2 chargers have 2-8 charging ports, while Level 3 chargers have just one port.

7. What is the cost difference between Level 3 chargers and Level 2 chargers?
The cost of a Level 3 charger per port averages between $100,000 and $200,000, whereas a Level 2 charger costs around $10,000 per port.

8. What is the total investment in Grey County through this project?
The total investment in Grey County through this project could surpass $1 million.

9. How much funding has Grey County contributed to the project?
Grey County has contributed less than $10,000, along with staff resources, to support the project.

10. Where is the funding application for the project being submitted?
The funding application for the project is being submitted to the MTO ChargeOn program.

Definitions:

– EV: Electric Vehicle
– Charging infrastructure: The network of charging stations that allows electric vehicles to charge their batteries.
– Port: A physical connection point on a charger that allows for the connection of a charging cable to a vehicle.
– MTO: Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
– ChargeOn program: A program that provides funding for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in Ontario.

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