EV drivers in Powell River will now have to pay charging fees

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We told you earlier this year that Powell River, a small city outside of Vancouver, British Columbia was considering implementing charging fees at city-owned electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

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The impetus for the proposed change was people leaving their EVs plugged in for longer than needed, blocking access to the chargers for other users in need of a charge.

The city has now implemented new rules this week that will see EV owners charged a reasonable rate of $2 per hour at the 5 Level 2 chargers around Powell River. The city is also planning to build four new Level 2 chargers soon.

Powell River isn’t the only municipality to either consider or implement EV charging fees at public charging stations. Richmond B.C. is two-tiered fee structure considering charging drivers as much as $5 per hour. The University of British Columbia has also had to implement EV charging fees after drivers were overstaying their welcome at charging stations on campus.


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