District of Saanich on Vancouver Island to get 22 new EV chargers

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers on southern Vancouver Island will soon have more placed to charge their vehicles thanks to a new investment from the Government of Canada.

In a press release this morning, it was announced the District of Saanich on Vancouver Island has been awarded $110,000 to install 22 level 2 EV chargers at municipally owned sites. The district is matching the contribution for a total project cost of $220,000.

The new chargers will support the district’s own fleet of electric vehicles, and will also be available to the public to help encourage EV adoption in British Columbia.

This latest funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program follows another made to Saanich last year. In July the government provided $100,000 to install 20 level 2 EV chargers at various local parks.

Saanich also has one of the most comprehensive EV charging infrastructure plans in place in Canada. As of June 1, 2020, 100% of any new residential construction must have EV charging outlets.

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