HANCEVILLE, B.C. – More electric vehicle infrastructure is on the way for B.C. motorists.
The province announced it will add four new electric vehicle (EV) charging sites in the coming months.
The province currently has more than 2,000 public Level 2 charging stations and 200 public fast-charging sites, with over 480 fast-charging stations.
“Our growing EV charging network is making it easier and safer for people who own electric vehicles to travel around the province,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure, in a statement. “Now, British Columbians can choose greener transportation options, which is part of our commitment to a cleaner, stronger economy.”
Each new site will host two fast chargers and one Level 2 charger (for a total of 12 charging stations). The new sites will be in the following areas:
- Hanceville Lookout rest area: near Hanceville, about 85 kilometres west of Williams Lake on Highway 20
- Una rest area: about 30 kilometres northeast of Vernon on Highway 97
- Motz Road: located just east of Terrace near the Thornhill Roundabout off Highway 37
- Mount Terry Fox rest area: nine kilometres east of Tête Jaune Cache on Highway 16
“People in B.C. continue to lead when it comes to making the right transportation choices, and we continue to support that positive change,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy. “These stations are part of the next stage in an expanded network to accelerate action on climate change and reduce air pollution while increasing economic opportunities.”
Westcana Electric Inc. will build the new EV charging stations. The project is expected to be completed by late December 2021. All four charging sites are expected to be open to the public beginning in 2022.