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New vehicle chargers now outside ATB Centre in west Lethbridge

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With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, the City of Lethbridge has now brought four additional Level 2 chargers online on the west side.

Transportation Manager Darwin Juell says residents and visitors can now charge their electric vehicles in the parking lot outside the ATB Centre.

He says demand for these charging stations is growing. “Two years ago there wasn’t really any demand except for Tesla chargers it seems. I think there’s 10 to 15 charging stations around the City of Lethbridge. Last week we activated these four ATB Centre chargers for the public to use.”

The ATB Centre chargers take 4 to 6 hours to fully charge a vehicle and cost around $2.00 an hour to use.

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The City of Lethbridge is one of the founding partners of Peaks to Prairies initiative, a regional program that will see a network of electrical chargers installed across southern Alberta. By adding City owned charging stations, in conjunction with the Peaks to Prairies initiative, Lethbridge hopes to demonstrate a  commitment to supporting the transition to low-emission vehicles while enhancing tourism and economic development opportunities.

(With files from City of Lethbridge)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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