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

Colin MacLean
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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. Journal Pioneer File Photo

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.

Organizations: Sun Country Highway

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  • Collema
    November 13, 2013 - 02:07

    Good job. It is a reasonable step to motivate people for electric car. Charging station are very important to make and electric car running. With out charge electric cars are dead. Like petrol pump electric charging station should be present in a regular distance in every country. http://autocareexplorer.blogspot.com/2013/11/get-your-car-repaired-in-san-jose.html

  • Lauren
    September 18, 2013 - 09:15

    As a new resident of Summerside (and a young person!), I've been extremely pleased with the forward thinking of the city in terms of renewables. As has been said previously, the infrastructure needs to be there for people to consider making these renewable and sustainable choices - and face it. WE LIVE ON AN ISLAND. Why not make the sustainable choices to keep our province going longer and healthier. Trucking gas over the bridge is not reliable and if you don't know about peak oil, maybe you should take your head out of the ground and read up on it. For those of you who are shouting about the city council for making this decision, maybe it's YOU who's keeping Summerside back... It isn't 1950 anymore. Times are a changing. The city is moving forward, are you?

  • Jeff Hemphill
    September 17, 2013 - 13:56

    On behalf of myself and staff, I want to pass along my appreciation and congratulations for your recent decision to purchase 40 electric car charging stations for the city. Our city is a National leader in green energy generation through the establishment of the wind farm & other initiatives. Council continues to pursue social and economic growth while promoting environmental sustainability. The installation of electric car charging stations will encourage residents to use electric vehicles which will reduce carbon emissions in our beautiful city and serve as a value-added component in the growing eco-tourism sector. As you are aware, this is ideal for a small province like PEI. It's called the future, & it's encouraging to see that someone is looking toward it. Someone had to build the first gas station too!l Innovations such as this make our city the envy of all Islanders. It is one of the many reasons we have been proud to call Summerside our home for the past 30 years. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Jeff Hemphill, President Hemphill GM Www.HemphillGM.com It should be noted that the City did NOT give these folks any electricity.

  • ThatGuy
    September 17, 2013 - 13:41

    I think a lot of you are missing the point. This is a forward-looking investment. It may work, it may not. How many of you would buy a normal vehicle if the island had no gas stations? You won't convince people to use electric vehicles without providing an infrastructure...

  • Dennis King
    September 16, 2013 - 19:48

    This is very innovative and yet another fine example of forward thinking on behalf of Mayor Basil and the Summerside City Council. The City of Summerside has always demonstrated an innovative attitude and I am glad to see it continues. Not every decision should be viewed through the lens of "today"...I will be interested to see the comments on a story like this in two, five or ten years time. At a time when the cost of gasoline continues to rise (and doesn't appear to be going down), consumers are looking at other options. The technology connected to vehicles such as the Chevy Volt is revolutionary and has removed the "range anxiety" that has worried electric car owners in the past. The technology will only continue to improve. Also, those who suggest the price of electric vehicles are extraordinary may be working off dated information. Electric vehicles are not outrageously priced and when you do some math on the potential savings over the life of the vehicle, you might be pleasantly surprised. Well done Basil and Council.

    • Billy
      September 17, 2013 - 09:41

      And I assume that you have a relative on council.......3 cars in Summerside ......dollar value is out of price range of 97% of islanders....I tell one person a day to take a hike and I DON'T want to waste it on u......

  • elle's mother
    September 15, 2013 - 18:07

    You have got to be kidding me.

  • ONE PROBLEM
    September 15, 2013 - 07:44

    So there will be 40 electric charging stations in Summerside. The problem appears to be "do we even have 40 electrical cars on PEI". The second problem is are they purchasing the 30 million Kilowatt hours. the article sounds like Basil handed over the millions of kilowatts. Who is the public relations person for this outfit? Perhaps the girl in California who gets over a million for a non existent concert.

  • sun
    September 15, 2013 - 00:19

    hi all out electric car marketing start everything is electric system in high dimension like powerful powerful GOD who win? maybe google

  • Dan
    September 14, 2013 - 21:02

    Who in Summerside owns an electric car? Wow

  • BILLY
    September 14, 2013 - 12:55

    Why are city taxes funding the rich who can afford those $40 thousand dollar cars. As an island resident, I know the cost of electricity.

  • Billy Mackendrick
    September 14, 2013 - 09:19

    If this cost more then 32 dollars it was a bad deal for the city!! What are these guys thinking? 40 stations?? there are 2 cars on the island that require the chargers.. I really cant understand the stupidity that comes from the guys running the city, I really cant...

  • BASIL BASIL BASIL
    September 14, 2013 - 08:56

    Apparently you do not learn from your mistakes. EVER. First, did you check into the price of these cars. Second, by partnering you are giving away 30 million KWH of power. Millions were paid for the wind turbines so that you could give away the power . and most importantly Have you even checked to see if anyone is even interested in these cars. This appears that you have given away 30 million KWH and you do not even have one car in Summerside and the possibility that you might not have any in the furure and I hope you did not sign a contract giving them the 30 million KWH for a specific amount of time as we might have to have egg on your face again and buy our own power back.

  • bm
    September 13, 2013 - 23:48

    Lots of money for things that are shiny and new but no money to keep quality staff.

  • Billy
    September 13, 2013 - 23:39

    Oh His Royal Bigness should quit putting his mug in the paper as we are onto his shenanigans !Wait till he hears how his puppet JP is cleaning house at the Fit Stop at CUP from members! Love to be fly on the wall..... "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose". - (Act I, Scene III).

  • Forward Thinking
    September 13, 2013 - 20:26

    Well done all!

  • Amber
    September 13, 2013 - 19:43

    That is awesome news! Now the province needs to get with the program and bring back the hybrid / electric vehicle rebates. You can install all the charging stations you want but people need to be able to afford to buy the vehicles to plug into them.

  • Summerside Resident
    September 13, 2013 - 19:34

    Downtown Summersicde is a ghost town Basil. Wake up, all your big pipe dreams are showing everyone just what Summerside has. Young people are leaving because of no work, houses are for sale all over the City and no business are relocating here. Its crazy. How come we see NO reduction in our power bills as opromised when this windmill project was first being designed. When is City Council going to help the electorate who are taxed to death. Just look at the CUP and what thats costing us. Big dreams little town.