Electric cars have hit Sioux Lookout
If you were at the Entertainment Series the other night you would have heard an alert that a parked car had its lights on.
Someone from the audience piped up that it was her electric car and all was ok.
In Sioux Lookout there are a growing number of electric cars that are either all electric or the electric-gas hybrid that require outlet charging. We now have a free, public charging station thanks to the Government of Ontario. Check it out at Service Ontario’s parking lot (next to the OPP office).
Funded by the carbon tax, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is putting 200 charging stations in government offices, mostly in Northern Ontario, over a two-year period.
To promote electric cars, a few years ago the manufacturers installed subsidized charging stations all across Canada along the Trans Canada Highway so that electric car owners could drive across Canada. You may have noticed them in Wawa and at the Best Western in Dryden. There is no charge for these stations. More remote towns were not included in this program so the Ontario government is stepping up to fill the gap.
There have been some complaints about the charging station located in the best parking spot. However, eventually there might be complaints that there are not enough such spots!
Aside from contributing to environmental protection by contributing to reduced use of fossil fuels, the charging station will bring economic and other advantages to Sioux Lookout. Travellers with electric cars will be able to make the trek up Highway 72 to enjoy our unique community without worrying about re-charging.
Submitted by Sioux Lookout Environment Committee