Southern Alberta Being "Charged Up" With Electric Vehicle Power Stations

William York with ATCO drove his electric car from Edmonton to Lethbridge for the announcement Monday. The cost was just $6 in power to charge his vehicle.

Lethbridge is the first of at least 20 communities that will benefit from a new network of electric vehicle charging stations across southern Alberta.

For many the fear of running out of a charge has prevented them from purchasing an electric vehicle.

With that in mind, the Peaks to Prairies Electric Vehicle Network was unveiled Monday (Feb 4). The $2 million initiative will see the installation of 20 fast charging stations installed across Southern Alberta.

Over 1700 kilometers of highway stretching from Medicine Hat to the Crowsnest Pass and from Coutts north to Morley will facilitate enhanced tourism and economic development opportunities.

Project manager, Megan Lohman says the network is a collaboration of over 40 communities across southern Alberta. “Community Energy Association has a long history of supporting local governments to achieve climate and energy goals. The Peaks to Prairies EV network exemplifies regional collaboration to build and diversify local economies while contributing to climate action goals. This community-led approach is a template for other Alberta regions, as to how we can get further by working together. It is a privilege for us to work with this innovative group of communities, and to have the support from provincial and federal levels of government to bring the EV network to fruition.”

Three years in the making, the charging stations will allow electric vehicle users to recharge up to 80% in under 40 minutes.

The charging stations will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy from southern Alberta. The network is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Charging stations are expected to be installed in:

* Lethbridge
* Canmore
* Morley
* Calgary – Olympic Park
* Calgary – Stoney Trail
* Calgary – East
* Calgary – Signal Hill
* Nanton
* Claresholm
* Crowsnest Pass
* Pincher Creek
* Fort Macleod
* Taber
* Medicine Hat
* Chain Lakes Reservoir
* Carmangay
* Waterton Lakes
* Cardston
* Warner
* Longview

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