EV charging stations coming to northern, coastal, central B.C.

Electric vehicle. Image: Maurice Smith, JWN

A partnership between the B.C. provincial and federal governments, 25 local governments and First Nations communities will bring 55 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the northern and central regions of the province.

This expansion of the existing EV charging network will increase clean transportation options for people, support the local clean economy and reduce pollution.

“Expanding electric vehicle stations across northern, central and coastal B.C. will make clean transportation options more viable to more people,” said Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Supporting green energy solutions like this, as well as projects such as the Nuxalk Nation’s run-of-river hydroelectric plant, is essential to building strong resilient communities. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds stronger communities.”

The project will more than double the number of Level 2 EV charging stations available in participating communities, stretching from Haida Gwaii to Prince George to Logan Lake, across more than 300,000 square kilometres.

More than $345,000 through the provincial CleanBC Communities Fund and $415,000 through federal government’s Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will support these expansion projects.

The participating regional districts, municipalities and First Nations will contribute more than $275,000 to the project.

The expanded EV charging network is part of the Charge North project — a community-led initiative that aims to electrify close to 2,800 kilometres of highway across central and northern B.C. Charge North is led by six regional districts, in co-ordination with the Community Energy Association.

Another CleanBC Communities Fund project supports Nuxalk Nation’s plan to build a run-of-river hydroelectric plant on the Nooklikonnik Creek that will offset diesel electricity production and provide clean energy for people in the Bella Coola valley. Once complete, the project will reduce approximately 190,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over the lifetime of the plant — roughly equal to taking 68,000 cars off the road for a year.

The Nuxalk Nation project is receiving $1.65 million from the Province’s CleanBC Communities Fund and $8.27 million from federal government’s Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

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