Things have been a little slow on the local Electric Vehicle front over the past couple of months, but it sounds like that is about to change.
First and foremost is the Flo/ATCO Energy/Canadian Tire level 3 charger that is in Calgary that has not seen much in the way of progress of completion to meet the expected January activation date. In conversations with ATCO Energy, the date has been pushed back to the end of February for a completion date. In the conversation, there was no word on why there is a delay to complete the install or why they did an announcement so far from activation of the level 3 charging infrastructure let alone the installation of the level 2 chargers and method of payment.
I was told “We are currently anticipating to have the chargers (both L3 and L2’s) available for public use by the end of February.” I was also advised that there will likely be another public announcement when it goes live.
I asked why the location they chose on Macleod Trail Calgary was selected over that of the Canadian Tire Gas Plus in Pacific Plaza off of 3516 8 Ave NE, Calgary which would have been a closer charge point for both the East- West (16th Avenue) and North South (Deerfoot Trail) Corridors to which I was told “The charger locations were chosen by our partner, AddEnergie. I believe it’s based on consultations with Canadian Tire. I will get in touch with AddEnergie to see what was their basis for choosing the Macleod Trail location. I will also pass along the suggestion for the one in Pacific Plaza to them for future expansion opportunities.”
I have been advised that there are some “big things” coming down the pipe from ATCO and the City of Edmonton with curb side charging following up on the announcement made during the corridor presser. I will be sure to update everyone as soon as I know anything.
Strathmore Peavey Mart has had a slight problem with the Sun Country Highway level 2 charger attached to the store for the last couple of weeks.
It seems that someone attached to the charger and somehow “drove away” while it was still connected according to a Sun Country Rep. The damage is expected to be repaired by January 15 if all goes well.
This information leads me to a few questions.
I was under the impression that an Electric Vehicle would not be able to be put into gear while it was in charge as a safety feature (I know that this is the case for our Leaf for sure). This makes me ask if this was the actual cause of the damage or if it was something else entirely.
(I would be interested in hearing about other electric vehicles and the ability to driver while having the charge ports connected for better clarity on the subject. Jump into the conversation on Facebook in the EVAAB Facebook Group Page to be a part of the conversation.)
In any case, for those of you who are looking to use the charger at Peavey Mart in Strathmore in the near future, it may be a good idea to contact them ahead of time to see if they have it repaired first ((403) 934-4915).
I have also heard some unconfirmed rumors that there may be a few new additions to the level 2 charging infrastructure with some being set up in Beiseker and another set up in Priddis and yet another in Longview.
(When I heard Longview I got a little excited that this may be a start of a level 3 connector to B.C., but so far it sounds like this is not likely the case (at least for this install). I will keep my hope high however.)
All locations are said to be private company installs but should be in play be end of March.
If you hear of any charging installs of note taking place in your local area, please let me know so we can help get the word out.
I have set up the February Electric Vehicle Adopters of Alberta Coffee Meet for being February 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Tim Hortons 6815 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB. I pushed the date out a week from the normal date around the middle of the month as to not conflict with Valentines Day. I know we all love EV’s, but I thought it may be prudent to adjust the date to accommodate the people in our lives.
I hope to see everyone at the coffee meet!
Stay warm and charged!