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New Electric Vehicle Charging Station for Red River College

August 13, 2019 7:02 AM | News

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A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

WINNIPEG — Red River College is receiving $60,000 from the federal government for the first electric vehicle charging station at the Notre Dame campus.

The station will be operated by using recycled lithium batteries sourced from Winnipeg-based New Flyer Industries’ fleet of electric buses. The college says using such batteries will help improve the performance and reduce the cost of operating the station.

“This investment will help the college to increase our current clean technology research activity on electric vehicles, along with renewable and alternative energy sources,” said Ray Hoemsen, executive director, research, partnerships and innovation at RRC.

“We’re proud to continue our work in helping to develop sustainable infrastructure and technology that will benefit the environment and economy in Manitoba and across Canada.”

The funding is being provided from Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure Program.

The college was the first Winnipeg organization to install and operate a Level 3 charger in March 2015. Level 3 stations can charge an EV up to 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes.

The newest station is set to be operational by summer 2020.