Electric vehicles have been gaining popularity due to their environmental benefits and many electric vehicle owners make their travelling decisions with the availability of charging infrastructure front of mind, especially in rural areas of Ontario. To encourage visitations to the community while demonstrating the Town’s concern for our environment, the Town of Orangeville has installed a level 2 dual port charger for electric vehicles in the municipal lot at 86 Broadway.
The project was completed in partnership with Orangeville Hydro and the Orangeville BIA. The charging station can serve two parking spaces and is available for public use 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Orangeville Council approved an hourly fee of $2.50 per hour (taxes included) to recover hydro costs consumed by users of the electric vehicle charger and to help offset the annual management fees associated with the program.
The fee also encourages users to move their vehicles when services are complete so others can use the charging station. The FLO charging system installed in Orangeville provides users with email or text notification when charging is completed.
The downtown charging station will occupy two parking spaces, so the Town has amended the traffic and parking by-laws to ensure the spaces are only available for electric vehicles. Vehicles parked in those locations that are not utilizing the charging station will be ticketed.