SEVEN NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGER STATIONS FOR VANCOUVER ISLAND
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By Michelle Moore
On August 21, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi announced the opening of seven new electric vehicle fast chargers on Vancouver Island.
The new charger stations are now open to the public in Nanaimo, Qualicum, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Courtenay, Cambell River, and Sidney.
Drivers of electric vehicles in the area can now drive longer distances without the anxiety of striving to find charger stations that are within range.
These chargers are part of Natural Resources Canada's $1.05-million investment to BC Hydro who have been mandated to create a total of 21 stations under the first phase of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Development Initiative.
Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi said, "we are paving the way to a low-carbon future by investing in green infrastructure. The opening of these stations is an important step toward lowering emissions and making electric and alternative fuel vehicles a viable travel option for British Columbians."
The funding is also part of the Government of Canada's total investment of $182.5 million to improve Canada's electric and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure to make driving electric and vehicles more practical.
The project comes in preparation for the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation meetings to be held in Vancouver in May 2019. The meetings will welcome delegates from 24 member countries and the European Union for discussions on clean energy innovation on a global scale.
"Later this fall, our government will be releasing a Clean Growth Strategy which will integrate the Province's climate change, energy and economic development goals, including actions to further increase the usage of zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure," said British Columbia's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman .
In Canada, there are over 30 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available for purchase. (BEVs) produce no emissions during operation while PHEVs are emissions-free only when operating in electric mode but may have a greater driving range.
According to BC Hydro, electric vehicles can cut fuel costs 75%. To facilitate the transition for everyday Canadians, some provinces have developed incentive programs of their own.
Since the launch of British Columbia's Point of Sale Incentive Program, Clean Energy Vehicle for BC (CEVforBC), the popularity of electric vehicles within the province has soared. To date, over $15 million in incentives have been provided to consumers.
In Quebec, the Drive Electric Program allows for a rebate of up to $8 000 on the purchase of a new electric vehicle, and up to $4 000 on the purchase of a used electric vehicle. For those who wish to install a charging station at their home, the program offers rebates of up to $600.
Owners of electric vehicles can consult www.nrcan.gc.ca for the locations of electric vehicle charging stations across the country to find locations near them or when planning a trip.
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