Fast-charging station for electric vehicles opens in southwest Calgary
Chargers at Westhills Towne Centre part of network of 20 stations in southern Alberta
The first Calgary location of a growing network of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in southern Alberta opened in the city's southwest on Tuesday.
The direct current (DC) charger at the Westhills Towne Centre delivers 480 volts of electricity to a vehicle, allowing it to charge in about 30 minutes.
There's also a Level 2 charger at the new station that has an output of 240 volts and takes about two or three hours to charge a vehicle.
The Westhills location is the first of four being installed in Calgary as part of the Peaks to Prairies EV charging network project.
Project spokesperson Jennifer Grebeldinger says the stations will make it easier for electric vehicle drivers to travel for work and leisure around the whole region.
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When the network is complete, there will be 20 Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) and Level 2 stations installed throughout the southern Alberta region, from Canmore to Medicine Hat, south to Waterton and to the Crowsnest Pass and other stops along the way.
The network is a collaboration involving the municipal governments of Calgary, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, as well as Medicine Hat College and two regional economic development organizations, the Southgrow Regional Initiative and Alberta Southwest Regional Alliance.
Along with seed funds from the founding partners, the $2.2-million project has financial support from Ottawa and the province.
The equipment is owned and operated by ATCO, which is powering the stations with electricity entirely from renewable sources.