British Columbia’s province-wide electric vehicle charging network continues to grow, with the completion of 12 charging sites and several more on the way.
Nine of the completed sites have direct-current (DC) fast chargers that allow drivers to charge up in 30 minutes or less. The other three sites, which are part of the Accelerate Kootenays electric vehicle-charging network, co-ordinated by the Community Energy Association, provide Level 2 stations.
To continue building a robust electric vehicle-charging network, the ministry has issued an invitation to tender for the development of six new DC fast charger sites, primarily located along highways 16 and 97, with another site planned for later this summer.
"Making the switch to electric vehicles is part of our government's CleanBC plan to cut climate pollution, boost the economy and create opportunities for communities across the province," said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "This new series of electric vehicle chargers will strengthen our existing charging network and make it easier to charge up."
CleanBC was developed in collaboration with the BC Green Party caucus and supports the commitment in the Confidence and Supply Agreement to implement climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets. As outlined in the plan, by 2040, every car sold in B.C. will be a zero-emission vehicle.
It is estimated that B.C. roads are home to over 20,000 electric vehicles, with 350,000 expected on the roads by 2030. B.C. has over 1,700 charging stations throughout the province.