PARRSBORO – Tourists now have another reason to stay in Parrsboro, particularly those of the green variety.
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Parrsboro CAO Ray Hickey shows off the new electric car charging station available for visitors to use at town hall. Installed a few weeks ago, the unit is not expected to see frequent use, but is aimed to be another modern convenience available for tourists.
An electric car recharging station has now been installed at town hall, and is available for public use, according to CAO Ray Hickey.
“We’re not expecting frequent use but electric cars are getting more and more common, and for someone who has one this is a big deal to them,” he said. “If you have an electric vehicle and its range is limited, and you want to come and stay in Parrsboro for a night, you have an issue if you can’t charge it. So that option is now here.”
Hickey was approached with the idea by David Stevenson of NS EV Highway Services, a group also involved with the Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field in Tatamagouche. Another one of their initiatives is electric vehicles, and thought of Parrsboro.
“They wanted to have a few off the beaten path, and asked if we’d be interested in hosting one,” he said. “They took care of most of the costs of getting it. We’ll have to supply the energy if someone uses it.”
The charging station is one of about 10 located around the province, according to Hickey.
“It’s good too because they’re promoting where the charging stations are,” he said. “If someone has an electric vehicle, they know they can come to Parrsboro and use this charging station.”
The charger was installed a few weeks ago, next to the town hall front steps. Users may have to tiptoe around one of the property’s flowerbeds to access it right now, but Hickey said a stone walkway to it would likely be put in place at some point.
To his knowledge, the charging station has not yet been used.
“It’s just a good forward step for the town to have it available,” he said. “It’s one of those things, sometimes in small or rural communities certain modern things might be missing, so we want to have those things available to people.”