Looking for green from green: Lambton Shores looking at electric car chargers

Submitted photo Sun Country Highway wants Lambton Shores to install an electric car charging system, like this one, in the community. Council will consider it in 2014.

Submitted photo
Sun Country Highway wants Lambton Shores to install an electric car charging system, like this one, in the community. Council will consider it in 2014.

Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber says Grand Bend could have gained a little green by going green.

Weber is expressing disappointment after council decided to wait until the 2014 budget to consider whether it will buy and install an electric car charging station.

Sun Country Highway Vice President Chris Misch, who owns a home in Grand Bend, was asking the municipality to install one station in the tourist village in an effort to provide a service to visitors to the community. The unit would cost about $2,500.

But council decided to wait until 2014 budget to consider installing the station adding the stations should be placed in all the municipality’s villages, not just Grand Bend.

Weber thinks installing the charging station in Grand Bend would be a good way to stimulate economic development. “Part of it would be just the image of being a green community, looking to the future and providing an opportunity for people from London coming to the community, plugging in their electric car, staying for an hour or an hour and a half and having lunch.”

Weber says several communities along Lake Huron have either installed or are about to install the stations including Exeter, Goderich and Parkhill. The regional tourism body is also considering promoting the green route for electric car users.

“We could have started it as a catalyst (for more stations),” says Weber. “To me it is economic development, it is showing you’re green and keen and the economic benefit would have been good.”

Misch hasn’t given up on the idea. In an email to Sarnia Lambton This Week, Misch says he will not wait until 2014 and will instead look for a private partner for the charging station.

– Heather Wright

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