06/07/2012 01:11 EDT | Updated 08/07/2012 05:12 EDT

City to consider vehicle-charging station project

A proposal to install electric-vehicle charging stations at five curb-side locations around the city will go before the public works and infrastructure committee next week.

The pilot project calls for city council to approve a year-long trial, which will test how such services could be accommodated and whether the city should get into the business of providing them.

If the project goes ahead, the charging stations would be installed on the following streets:

- Victoria Street

- Elizabeth Street

- Ed Mirvish Way

- Wellington Street West, which will have two charging stations

The project is expected to cost $65,000, though the funding will be provided by a grant from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

While the grant money means that the city won’t have to pay out of pocket for the pilot project, one of the proposed charging stations will be placed in an existing city parking space.

That would mean the city would lose some parking revenue, which staff estimate could be as much as $3,100 over the course of the year-long project.

Transportation services staff would later report back to council with an evaluation of the pilot project.

If the public works and infrastructure committee supports the project, it will go before city council next month.