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June 22, 2012

City of Ottawa opens car charging station at Goulbourn Rec Centre

The new rink at Goulbourn Recreation Centre in Stittsville. Photo by Glen Gower.

I was at the opening ceremonies on Wednesday for the new "Arena B" at Goulbourn Recreation Centre.  (Funny that the official opening for a skating rink happened on one of the hottest days of the summer.)

The arena features a new NHL-sized ice surface (is Stittsville going to bid for an expansion franchise) along with several features that make it fully accessible for sledge hockey.  It's a nice rink.

Also interesting to see some of the environmental and energy conservation measures in place at the building, including charging stations for electric vehicles.

There are a few parking spots at the back of the building that are equipped with electrical outlets so that you can plug in your car.  Nothing fancy - just some concrete posts with electrical outlets. This is the first city-owned facility to include charging stations.

They're pay-per-use -- once you've plugged in your car, you're supposed to walk around to the registration desk and pay by the hour for your charge.

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  1. Very cool. I currently have a Smart Car - I think my next one will be electric!

  2. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Terrible prices considering that electricity is $0.20/kwh (including delivery costs).


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