As the number of electric cars in Edmonton streets grows, Southgate Centre installed eight charging stations.

“I think this is the way of the future and we’re happy to support sustainable transport,” Southgate marketing director Claire Kolmatycki said.

The Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta (EVAA) held their third annual National Drive Electric Week Expo at Southgate on Saturday to inform those who may be interested in making the environmentally-friendly switch.

“Here in Alberta, there aren’t any initiatives,” EVAA co-resident Andrew Batiuk said. “There aren’t any government programs so we see an opportunity to do what the government isn’t doing.”

Besides these new Tesla Superchargers, there are charging stations outside a number of Edmonton libraries, but the city is developing an electric car strategy to present to council in 2018.

“To really get Edmontonians thinking about electric vehicles,” City of Edmonton senior environmental project manager Howaida Hassan said. “What they have to offer to their pocket book, to the air we breathe.”

EVAA said there are 2,000 Albertans on the waitlist to get the new Tesla Model 3.


With files from Angela Jung