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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:54

Into the future—in Norland

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 Jamie Burton (left) with John and Josie Harlow, and Margy Taylor, at the Tesla charging station.

By Jennifer Wilson

            The Riverside Inn has brought the future to the City of Kawartha Lakes.

            Restaurant owners Jamie Burton and Margy Taylor saw an opportunity to install a Tesla electric-vehicle charging station in their

parking lot—and Tesla agreed that their restaurant is a great spot for electric-vehicle owners to stop for a charge.

            It all started when John and Josie Harlow—who were one of Jamie and Margy’s first customers when they opened their restaurant almost six years ago—were having dinner at the inn. They began chatting with Jamie and Margy about their new Tesla.

            Jamie was inspired, and contacted Tesla the next day to see what he could do to have a charging station installed.

            Fast forward a few months later, and Riverside Inn has become the site of one of nine supercharger stations in Ontario .

            Since it was installed in May, at least 15 electric vehicles have used the charging station. Jamie says that just a few weeks ago he was talking to a family who came in on a Sunday for a bite to eat while their car was charging.

            They said they looked at the map of charging stations that morning, saw Norland was on it and said to themselves, “We’ve never to been there. Let’s go to Norland.”

            Electric vehicles are becoming much more popular, and charging stations are becoming more convenient. John and Josie have travelled to Florida in their Tesla, and out to the east coast of Canada too.

            They’ve had some adventures along the way, and now have some great stories to tell. And isn’t that what life is all about?

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