Summerside strikes deal to bring 40 new electric car charging stations to city

Colin MacLean
Published on September 13, 2013
Mayor Basil Stewart and deputy mayor Bruce MacDougall ‘plug’ a Tesla Roadster into the city’s first 90-amp free-to-use electric charging station, which is located outside City Hall. Looking on is Christopher Misch (left) of Sun Country Highway, which is in the electronic-vehicle infrastructure business and partnered with the city to install the charging station.
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SUMMERSIDE – Summerside has partnered with Sun Country Highway to install 40 electric car charging stations in the city.

In exchange for installing the stations Summerside will hand over to the company the approximately 30 million kilowatt hours of green energy credits produced by the city’s wind farm each year.

Sun Country Highway Ltd is installing 10 electric vehicle charging stations on municipal property across the city and will be working with local businesses in Summerside to install an additional 30 stations at various locations.

“We want sustainable economic, social and environmental growth and development for the City of Summerside.  Partnering with Sun Country Highway on this project is a big step forward in realizing that goal. We hope this will encourage more of our residents to use electric vehicles and encourage more eco-tourism to our community.” said Mayor Basil Stewart. 

"Along with providing the electric vehicle charging stations, through the purchase of the green energy credits, Sun Country Highway will provide ongoing funding that will be used for the development of additional renewable energy projects within the City of Summerside” said Kent Rathwell, president of Sun Country Highway.