Several electric vehicle charging stations have been approved in the Lakeland with units approved for the Town of Smoky Lake, Village of Waskatenau, and Smoky Lake County.
The charging stations are being installed with the Municipal Climate Change Action Center. The units will be installed at:
Smoky Lake County: Métis Crossing, 2x Level 2
Village of Waskatenau: Community Centre, 2x Level 2
Town of Smoky Lake: Town Office, 1x Level 2, Agricultural Society Complex, 1x Level 2, and Pumpkin Park, 1x Level 3 + 1x Level 2
Smoky Lake County says there has been a gap in access to EV Chargers in Northeast Alberta, which has made it more challenging for EVs to travel on Highway 28 between Edmonton and Cold Lake. Reeve Lorne Halisky, Division 4 Councillor, Smoky Lake County says this project is making it easier for residents and visitors to travel this area in Electric Vehicles.
“For example, along the historic and scenic Victoria Trail which was the narrow and winding route of fur traders, explorers, and Red River Carts, connecting Fort Edmonton and Fort Gary (Winnipeg). The County is extremely pleased that these EV Chargers have been made possible in partnership with the Municipal Climate Change Action Center.”
The different levels of chargers are used for different commutes and will fill up an electric car differently.
Level 1 – 5-8 km per hour, 40-60 hours for a full ‘tank’ ie. short commutes, summer use.
Level 2 – 20-130 km per hour, 6-14 hours for a full ‘tank’ ie. Daily in city driving and commuting, summer/winter use.
Level 3 – ‘250-1500 km per hour, 15-60 minutes for a full ‘tank’ ie. Road trips or rapid charging in town, summer/winter use.