BC Hydro continued its planned expansion of DC fast chargers in the province of British Columbia with an expansion of their existing charging station in Quesnel.
The charger will double the number of chargers at the Extra Foods parking lot at 2335 Maple Drive.
The site will now have a new 100-kilowatt charger and a 50-kilowatt charger which opened in January 2020.
In addition to the new charger, BC Hydro is testing a new accessible design with a curbless design and lower displays on the charger itself.
President and CEO of BC Hydro, Chris O’Riley, said this about BC Hyrdo’s strategy moving forward:
As the primary fuel supplier for electric vehicles, we are building out charging infrastructure to ensure we can accommodate the volume and variety of electric vehicles that will be on B.C. roads in the coming years. BC Hydro will add 325 charging units to its network at 145 sites within the next five years.
Hon. Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation, said this about the new charger:
We are working to make it easier for drivers in B.C. to go electric and use more of B.C.’s clean, reliable hydroelectricity. This charging location in Quesnel will help make public charging more convenient as a growing number of people in northern British Columbia make the switch to electric vehicles.
Currently, BC Hydro has one of the largest charging networks on the west coast, with 122 charging units at 80 community sites throughout the province.