Drivers of electric cars in Niagara Falls will be able to fill up at the new 90- amp charging station at Taps Bar and Grill.
On hand for the announcement were several representatives from Sun Country Highway to demonstrate the new station. Key to making it all happen was Keefer Developments boss Phil Ritchie, whose company owns many downtown properties.
“I think it fits in terms of what we’re doing down here with renewing old buildings,” he said. “We’ve got a few companies that are active in the sustainability space including Hatch Engineering which has a very large sustainability contingent on the street and our small business development team at City Hall is also looking at sustainability as a key focus so it’s a great fit for the street.”
Christopher Misch, the vice-president of sales and business at Sun Country Highway demonstrated the capabilities of the new charger, riding up to the Taps driveway in a 2011 Tesla Grand roadster. The vehicle would rival any luxury car on the road today and is considered the most advanced electric model in the world.
Says Misch: “This vehicle was brought on to the market by Tesla to say look what you can do with an electric car. It doesn’t have to be ugly or boring. It can be high performance and it can be extremely sexy.”
The car has some pretty impressive stats to back it up, hitting 100 km/hour in 3.7 seconds with up to 400 km on a single charge.
A charge on the machine at Taps would take about three hours from completely dead which sounds like a bit of a wait, but costs about $5 on average for a full charge.
“I think people need to get over the sticker shock. Electric vehicles are pricey but they are also highly innovative technology. But if you look at the total cost of owning a vehicle you will save it in spades.”
He says maintenance of the vehicles are about 90 per cent less with the electric vehicle only having three moving parts that are all plug and play. That plus regenerative braking makes the vehicles virtually upkeep free.
Misch also believes having a charging stations are important for the future of the Niagara area.
“This is the tourist capital of Canada and I think with this you are going to see more eco-tourism, you’re going to have people coming in from all area of Canada in electric vehicles. It also puts a city on the map because it shows people you are environmentally focused.”
Another vehicle brought to showcase the wonders of electric was the VIA motors V Truck. Geared more for those that need a rugged multi-purpose machine, Stephen Bieda, Regional Director of Sun Country Highway, chatted about the merits and the savings.
“This is a plug-in hybrid pickup truck, or extended range electric vehicle based on the same technology that the Chevy Volt is designed on which means this vehicle is capable of 65 kilometers of pure electric and then it switches on to the generator to power the vehicle under hybrid engine power.”
Sun Country Highway’s goal besides their newly revealed presence in Niagara Falls is to achieve their objective to green Canada’s highways by partnering with businesses throughout Canada. Their goal to create a publicly accessible charging infrastructure from coast to coast will have successfully been completed in the next few weeks so that electric car users will be able to travel hassle free. For more information: www.suncountryhighway.ca