Essex to unveil two new public electric car chargers

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Windsor Star/Julie Kotsis

Need to top up your electric vehicle? Well you can plug in for an extra fast charge beginning March 24 at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.

Two electric vehicle charging stations have been located at the complex at 60 Fairview Ave. W., thanks to a grant awarded through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario Program. Essex is among 24 public and private sector partners selected in 2016 to help create an expanded network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations across Ontario in 2017.

“Offering fast-charging electric vehicle stations in this strategic location supports council’s objective of promoting environmentally sustainable practices within our community and is intended to encourage and support residents in adopting this alternative to traditional vehicles,” Doug Sweet, director of community services, said in a news release.

The Level 3 charging stations, which is also known as direct current fast chargers, can juice up an electric vehicle to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes. That is significantly quicker than the four to six hours required to fully charge an electric vehicle using a Level 2 charging station.

“By building a larger network of public chargers across Ontario, we are ensuring that electric vehicle owners are able to plan longer trips with confidence,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation.


A public unveiling is being held March 24 at 11 a.m. at the Essex Centre Sports Complex.