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‘Sorely needed’: Marmora and Lake charging up to support electric vehicles

Marmora and Lake municipal office

Marmora and Lake city council is looking to charge up electric drivers that pass through the community.

During their Dec. 5 council meeting the members of council supported a motion to submit an application to Charged for Change, a grant focused on bringing public electric charging stations to communities that are lacking the infrastructure.

And community members came out to support the idea. Rachel Corbett attended the council meeting to give her input.

“A level 3 charge takes 60 minutes and that driver will spend time walking through town, eating in our restaurants, visiting our library and learning what a pretty town this is,” she said. “They may resolve to come back sometime to enjoy our hospitality…I urge council and staff to pursue these opportunities.”

Resident and electric vehicle driver Mark Lemieux agreed. “There is a large gap of 160 km on Highway 7 of a lack of EV charges. This would provide sorely needed EV infrastructure.”

He added that with the grant covering 100 per cent of the costs, Marmora can expect financial growth through the chargers.

“The latest EVS have a range of 200-250 miles and that will lead travellers to charge in Marmora,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

The members of council quickly passed the motion allowing them to apply for the grant, and added their own comments of support:

“I have always looked at Marmora as a progressive municipality,” said Councilor Jane Lakatos. ”And I look forward to what will come afterwards.”

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