We've got some surprising news about the electric car chargers operated by the federal government, revealed through a routine House of Commons order paper question.
The question posed to the Government by Conservative MP Ed Fast was a real beauty:
With regard to expenditures on electric vehicle charging stations on government property since November 4, 2015: (a) what are the details of all expenditures, including for each the (i) amount, (ii) vendor, (iii) date, (iv) location of charging station, (v) description of expense; (b) what is the total amount of expenditures in (a); (c) for each charging station, what is the average time, broken down by month, in which the charging station has been charging a vehicle; (d) what are the locations of all such charging stations; and (e) how many charging stations are scheduled to be installed before December 31, 2018, and what is the proposed location of each such station?
It was a meaty question with some hearty answers.
Some chargers built for government departments were used as little as eight minutes per month, other chargers had no usage data available, and some chargers were built only to never be used at all.
And one of the worst offending government ministries was Environment and Climate Change!
Watch my video to see how much you paid to build electric vehicle charging stations that were only used one to three times per month.