For the last five years, Fort St. John in northern British Columbia has had just 4 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, one of them a Tesla Destination charger. For some time, 2 of the remaining 3 have not worked, leaving just one public EV charger for the entire city.
Earlier this week Fort St. John council agreed to replace the broken chargers with new Level 2 chargers. They also agreed to join the Charge North program, which is a community-led project to bring EV charging infrastructure to under serviced areas of northern and central BC.
The city will spend up to $12,000 for the replacement chargers, with 50% of the remaining costs being covered by a grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Once the new chargers are installed and operational, the city will be responsible for the maintenance and repairs, as well as the cost of the electricity bill. But that bill might not be very much, as council noted that there are only 2 major users of the one remaining existing charging station in town.
It is hoped that the new chargers will be bring more tourists to the town that will now be able to travel using their EV.