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EV Port Elgin 560Pictured left to right, Francis Chua, Department Manager, Environment & Sustainability, Bruce Power; Phil Eagleson, Saugeen Shores Fire Chief; Rob Atkinson, Fire Prevention Officer at the new charging station at 612 Emma Street in downtown Port Elgin.

Bruce Power and the Town of Saugeen Shores, along with Plug’n Drive and Owen Sound Nissan, have teamed up to install an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station beside the Saugeen Shores Fire Hall at 612 Emma Street in Port Elgin.

This EV charging station, which is a highly visible location in the tourist town, helps increase public awareness about the viability of EVs, which is another key element to wide adoption of their use, said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

“The transportation sector is the second highest producer of harmful greenhouse gas emissions, so the more common electric vehicles become, the fewer pollutants in our atmosphere,” Scongack said. “As more people purchase EVs, it is essential the electricity they’re using to power their vehicles comes from carbon-free energy sources like nuclear power and that’s why Bruce Power is helping to solidify EV infrastructure throughout our region.”

Phil Eagleson, Fire Chief for Saugeen Shores, said residents and visitors alike are encouraged to move toward EVs and use Port Elgin’s new charging station, located near Port Elgin’s downtown core.

“The collaboration between the Town of Saugeen Shores and Bruce Power will benefit our community and environment, especially as EVs become more common on our roads.”

The Port Elgin station is the second of eight stations Bruce Power has collaborated to open with environmental, municipal and educational institutions. The first of which opening at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority’s office in Wroxeter last week.

To learn more about EVs or to find local charging stations, download the Bruce Power/Plug’n Drive iPhone app in the iTunes store.

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