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Money secured for EV charger

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The City of Dauphin is set to proceed with constructing an electric vehicle charger after receiving confirmation of funding recently.
At its regular meeting June 8, council reviewed a letter from Municipal Relations confirming $39,339 in funding was approved under the Building Sustainable Communities Program
The remainder of the $75,000 project, deputy city manager Rene St-Goddard said, will be funded through federal grants.
“We have to check to make sure we can completely stack the funding,” she said.
“But a majority of the cost will be provided by external sources.”
The plan is to construct a Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charger which has the capability of bringing an electric vehicle to 80 per cent charge in approximately 30 minutes.
“Dauphin will be the only community off the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba that’s committed to a level three charger,” St-Goddard said.
“So this should put us on the map for some tourist destinations for those that do drive electric vehicles.”
Work is currently underway to identify a location for the charger. Originally the plan was to build the charger on the east end of the parking lot at city hall, however, St-Goddard said other options are being explored.
“We are exploring some other options, such as the CN station, but it will be centrally located downtown,” she said.
“We’re securing a location, currently, on city property to make sure we have the electrical requirements.
“And we’re hoping to have it up and running in the next couple months.”
While the project will go to tender, St-Goddard said the city has been approached by FLO, a Canadian subsidiary of AddEnergie, North America’s leader in electric vehicle charging solutions.
“We will need to do a tendering, but that’s the company that has approached us,” St-Goddard said.
“We still have to follow our procurement policy, but I expect to not receive too many bids. But if we do then we’ll consider all bids.”
The project was originally started by former Community Energy manager Steve Sobering, who will remain involved in an advisory capacity, St-Goddard said.
“He did a great job in helping us secure all the grants and so he’s going to continue to support us through this project,” she said.
“Dauphin is still on the map as being a sustainable community in Manitoba. We’re always looking to take meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”