On the heels of announcing an accelerated plan to have all new car and truck sales be electric by 2035, the Government of Canada has announced a large investment to bring more electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers to British Columbia.
With funding though Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, the government will invest $2,350,000 to allow BC Hydro to install 47 new fast chargers across the province.
The Government of British Columbia will also be contributing $1,175,000, for a total project cost of $3,525,000.
“This investment will make electric vehicle charging more accessible, paving the way for even greater electric vehicle adoption in B.C. Electric vehicles are a great option for British Columbians looking to reduce their impact on the environment because of our clean power, and we look forward to working with all levels of government and the communities we serve to expand our fast-charging station network,” said Chris O’Riley BC Hydro’s President and Chief Executive Officer
The exact locations of the fast chargers were not announced, but they are all expected to be open to the public by early fall.
These 47 new fast chargers are in addition to those that were announced one week ago. An investment of $2.7 million will add another 22 fast chargers to the interior of the province.