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Plugged in: Calgary adds 20 new EV charging stations at LRT lots, recreation centres

The City of Calgary’s got EV owners all amped up with the addition of 20 new charging stations at various recreation and transit locations.

The $264,000 project is the city’s response to the growth in electric vehicle adoption, they said. It aligns with both the Electric Vehicle Strategy and Calgary’s climate plans.

The charging stations are located at the following Park and Ride lots: Chinook (2), Brentwood (2), Sirocco (4) and McKnight-Westwinds (2). They are also located at the following recreation centres: Southland Leisure Centre (2), Village Square Leisure Centre (2), Thornhill Aquatic and Recreation Centre (2) and Vivo for Healthier Generations (4).

“Calgary Recreation is pleased to have some of The City’s first electric vehicle charging infrastructure at our facilities, alongside Calgary Transit and Vivo for Healthier Generations," said Michelle Tait, Superintendent of Operations with Calgary Recreation, in a prepared release.

"Providing parking spots to charge electric vehicles supports Calgary becoming a climate-resilient city and further provides our customers with opportunities to use low-emission modes of transportation while accessing our amenities."

The program brings together funding from the federal Zero-Emissions Infrastructure Program, Enmax’s Charge Up EV Smart Charging pilot project and the City of Calgary. The costs cover design, installation, electrical upgrades and the operation and maintenance of the stations for five years.

“I’m excited to see the result of our federal government once again supporting The City of Calgary’s work towards becoming a more climate-resilient city," said George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview.

"Increasing EV affordability is a shared goal, and this is an important milestone in sustainable local infrastructure."

The charging stalls are for actively charting vehicles only. There may be parking hour restrictions and rates. There may be a cost to charge.