Barrington could host electric car charging station

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Each charging station is classed as level 2 (220 volts, as with a stove or dryer connection), capable of loading electricity into a car’s battery at a rate of about 35 km of driving for each hour of charging.

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By Greg Bennett

The Municipality of Barrington will consider hosting western Shelburne County’s first electric car charging station.

Last week, the municipality responded to a letter from NS Electric Vehicle Highway Services that it was interested in locating a free electric car charging station in the area.

The move is part of an effort to develop a province-wide series of stations.

This initiative, headed by David Stephenson, the president of Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field Inc., is hoped to bring the first stage of the technology to all parts of Nova Scotia – with charging stations roughly 70 to 100 kilometers from one another.

The total cost of initiative is expected to be less $4,000 for the charging station and is expected to cost the Municipality of Barrington less than $1200.

The proposal would see the charging station offered free to motorists for at least the first year.

While most plug-in vehicles are charged at home, travelling long distances requires some infrastructure.

Each charging station is classed as level 2 (220 volts, as with a stove or dryer connection), capable of loading electricity into a car’s battery at a rate of about 35 km of driving for each hour of charging.

No specific locations in the Municipality have yet been identified for a potential charging station.

There are already electric charging stations in Shelburne and Yarmouth.

The Town of Shelburne has installed its electric car charging station on Dock Street at the intersection of St. Patrick’s Lane and Anne Street.

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  • bruce dp
    March 18, 2014 - 02:32

    [Updated, please discard first attempt] The external charger (EVSE) mentioned can provide 6kW of level-2 AC electric power, but it is actually dependent on the plugin's (term is used for both EVs and plug-in-hybrids, phev/pih) on-board charger as to how long it takes to regain 35km. Some plugin's have a half-powered 3kW on-board charger (the cheaper trim models), and some have a full powered 6kW on-board charger (the most expensive trim model, & IMO, the only way to go). So, the figure of 35km per hour of charge is likely not true for most plugin's, and is likely half that or it will take twice as long to regain range. This can be a good thing for local businesses as the driver will spend money in town (food, drink, +more) while they wait for the level-2 charge. ***Where the EVSE is located is key. The location must-have something to do for the driver. Looking at Google-maps for shopping and businesses in Barrington, IMO the first choice to locate the public EVSE is within walking distance of the Sobeys 3536 Main St (hwy 3) Barrington Passage, NS B0W 1G0 The second choice is the Subway 22 Hwy 330 Causeway Professional Center Barrington Passage NS B0W 1G0 Both locations offer food, drink, restroom access, +more. A future second public EVSE could be located in whatever location is not chosen. {brucedp.150m.com}