British Columbia’s (B.C.’s) government is investing $1.3 million to establish 13 electric car charging stations throughout the province.
The first of their kind, the direct current (DC) fast-charging stations provide electric cars with an 80 per cent charge in less than 30 minutes. Other kinds of stations can require up to eight hours for a full charge.
B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake made the funding announcement on January 17, 2013 at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver.
“It’s extremely encouraging to see such widespread interest among communities across the province in hosting and operating electric vehicle charging stations, including DC fast chargers,” Lake said at the funding announcement. “Providing electric vehicle owners with more options to charge their vehicles will make electric vehicles an even more attractive option.”
The charge station project is managed by BC Hydro with funding coming from the $14.3-million provincial Clean Energy Vehicle Program announced in November 2011.
BC Hydro will continue to own the DC fast chargers, while the participating communities provide access to municipal land to host and operate the stations.
The installation of these stations will complete the B.C. portion of the West Coast Green Highway, a commitment made by Premier Christy Clark under the Pacific Coast Collaborative (Washington State, Oregon, California and B.C.) to ensure electric vehicle fast charging is deployed along the Highway 99/I-5 Corridor. The goal is for electric vehicle owners to eventually be able to drive from San Diego, California all the way to Whistler without fear of draining their vehicle’s charge.
The Clean Energy Vehicle Program provides B.C. residents with up to $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for qualifying new battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid electric and compressed natural gas vehicles until March 31, 2013.
B.C. electric car charging stations:
- Whistler - Conference Centre (4010 Whistler Way)
- Squamish - Stan Clarke Park (2nd Ave., across from Municipal Hall)
- Surrey - Surrey Museum (17710 - 56 Ave.)
- Township of Langley - Langley Events Centre (7888 - 200 St.)
- Saanich - Uptown Shopping Centre
- Merritt - Merritt Tourism/Visitor Info Booth (2202 Voght St.)
- Hope - Hope Visitor Centre (919 Water Ave., at the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 5)
- Cowichan Valley Regional District (Duncan) - Island Savings Centre (2687 James St.)
- Nanaimo - Bastion Square (94 Front St.) or Vancouver Island Conference Centre (Gordon St.)
- City of North Vancouver - Lower Lonsdale
- District of North Vancouver - District of North Vancouver Operations Centre (Crown St.)
- Vancouver - Telus World of Science (1455 Quebec St.)
One more location will be formalized over the coming weeks targeting installation by March 31, 2013, for a total of 13 stations.