September 18, 2018 2:50 pm
Updated: September 18, 2018 4:48 pm

Fast-charging electric vehicle station at Polo Park is Manitoba’s first

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If you drive an electric vehicle, a trip to the mall might have just become a little easier.

The first universal fast-charging station in Manitoba has been installed at CF Polo Park mall, part of a larger program by mall owners Cadillac Fairview to deploy 45 charging stations at 15 of their properties across the country.

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The new charging stations were installed in partnership with FLO, a Quebec-based company that owns the largest network of charging stations in Canada and develops charging stations for home and commercial use.

Fast-charging stations provide a range of up to 250 km per hour of charging; far greater than the standard Level 2 stations Manitobans are already familiar with, which provide a 30 km range.

The charging stations at CF Polo Park include two Level 2 chargers and one universal fast charger, and are located in the parking lot near the mall’s Entrance 4.

Robert Elms, president of the Manitoba Electric Vehicle Association said while consumers are not snapping up electric cars as quickly here in Manitoba as they are in other provinces, their numbers are increasing. He said electric vehicles are easy to maintain.

“You’re not changing valves, you’re not tuning them up, not changing the oil, transmission fluid, any of those things,” Elms said, adding they are much more affordable to operate.

“The average Manitoban drives 15,000 kms. This car is gonna cost you about $100 for the electricity to drive 15,000 kms.”

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