People in Ottawa could soon be paying more to charge their electric vehicles at city-run charging stations. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)
Proposal likely to mean price differences between stations across city
By Kimberley Molina, CBC News
The city's plan to build more charging stations could make it more expensive for people to charge their electric vehicles.
The City of Ottawa wants to start charging people to charge cars at stations installed after December 2017.
Currently, the city operates three free charging stations at John G. Mlacak Community Centre, City Hall and the Glebe Parking Garage. It also operates a pay station at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
There are also many more privately operated stations and some installed through a provincial program, all with varying rates.
"In a sense, there's a bit of a hodgepodge until now of different unpredictable availability, free, not free, different rates," said Coun. David Chernuskenko, chair of the Environment and Climate Protection Committee. But that hodgepodge will likely continue.
The proposal being presented at Tuesday's Environment and Climate Protection Committee would see the city build more charging stations, but with different rates than what it currently charges.
Variable prices have some concerned
The variable pricing will be tied to the 'level' of charge your vehicle takes. So called Level 1 stations, at 120 volts, are currently free and will remain free.
Level 2 stations, which operate at 240 volts, will have a $3.50 flat fee at future Park and Ride parking lots and $2.00 per hour at other city sites. The third level of charge is the DC Fast Charger station. The city would charge 28 cents per minute at these stations, which connect directly to the car's battery and essentially super charge it in as little as 30 minutes.