Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources celebrated the launch of BC Hydro’s seven electric vehicle fast-chargers on Vancouver Island.
“We are paving the way to a low-carbon future by investing in green infrastructure. The opening of these stations is an important step toward lowering emissions and making electric and alternative fuel vehicles a viable travel option for British Columbians,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources.
The seven stations will allow electric vehicle drivers to travel between Ucluelet, Campbell River and Sidney without range anxiety. The new locations are:
- Nanaimo Superstore – Nanaimo
- Qualicum Foods – Qualicum
- No Frills Foods – Port Alberni
- Pacific Rim Visitor Centre – Ucluelet
- Courtenay Superstore – Courtenay
- Campbell River Community Centre – Campbell River
- Sidney Municipal Lot – Sidney
The electric vehicle fast-chargers are part of Natural Resources Canada’s $1.05-million investment to BC Hydro a total of 21 stations through the first phase of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative to help expand the province’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
“BC Hydro is excited to add seven new stations on Vancouver Island to our growing system of fast-chargers across the province,” said Chris O’Riley, president and chief operating officer, BC Hydro. “Electric vehicles are a great option for British Columbians looking to reduce their impact on the environment because we generate 98 per cent clean electricity. They also help lower fuel costs for drivers by 75 per cent.”
The funding builds on the Government’s $182.5-million total investment to grow Canada’s electric and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure so that using electric and alternative fuel vehicles is easier and more convenient for Canadians. Canada looks forward to showcasing these and other clean technology solutions when it welcomes the world’s energy leaders to Vancouver, British Columbia, in May 2019 for the Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation meetings.
“We are proud to be making clean transportation more accessible for British Columbians by adding to one of Canada’s largest networks of charging and fuelling stations,” said George Heyman, British Columbia’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Later this fall, our government will be releasing a Clean Growth Strategy which will integrate the Province’s climate change, energy and economic development goals, including actions to further increase the usage of zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure.”