For Immediate Release
April 8, 2016
WEST KELOWNA PLUGS INTO EV FAST CHARGING NETWORK
A key piece of British Columbia’s new Fast Charging Station network officially opened today as Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside Kelowna, and City of West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater pulled up in an electric vehicle and plugged it into a new facility at 3678 Brown Road. The West Kelowna station is the first facility that vehicles are able to plug into when travelling into the Central Okanagan from Highway 97 C – the Okanagan Connector. Or they can conveniently stop in for a quick charge on their way out of town.
The West Kelowna facility is the 23rd of 30 stations that, once all completed, will create fast charging loops for electric vehicles travelling along British Columbia’s major Interior Highways including 1, 3, 5, 97 and 97A, B and C. The station is easily accessible—located less than one block off Highway 97 in downtown West Kelowna. The site, near shops, restaurants and cafes, along one of the city’s newly improved multi-use corridors, creates ease and enjoyment of use for electric vehicle owners. Most of all, users will be able to recharge their electric vehicles for free for the first couple of months as part of West Kelowna’s commitment to reducing the city’s carbon footprint and fighting Climate Change.
“The Government of Canada extends its congratulations to the City of West Kelowna for this initiative, which supports low-carbon transportation. As the recent federal budget demonstrates, we are committed to supporting electric vehicle and alternative transportation fuel infrastructure, to provide cleaner options that benefit both the environment and the economy.”
Hon. Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“Congratulations West Kelowna on the launch of your electric vehicle fast charging station. Under the province's Clean Energy Vehicle Program, we're investing in charging infrastructure and incentives to encourage more drivers to choose a clean electric vehicle. Encouraging green transportation is part of our broader plan to ensure British Columbia remains a climate action leader.”
Hon. Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia, MLA for Westside-Kelowna
“This station demonstrates a win, win, win for electric vehicle users, businesses in downtown West Kelowna and the fight against Climate Change. This project is another great example of the great things that can be accomplished for local economies and the environment when leaders in government and industry create strong partnerships.”
Mayor Doug Findlater, City of West Kelowna
“BC Hydro is supporting our customers who choose clean vehicle technologies by building a fast charging network that enables long distance travel by electric vehicles in B.C. The West Kelowna station is the latest addition to the network, helping customers make a smooth transition to driving an electric vehicle.”
Greg Reimer, Executive VP of Transmission, Distribution and Customer Service, BC Hydro
The fast charging station enables a vehicle to gain an 80 percent charge in a mere 20 to 30 minutes, compared to 8 hours for a Level 2, 240V Station, or overnight using a standard 120V wall outlet.
The station was installed under an agreement between BC Hydro and the City of West Kelowna whereby the Crown corporation installs and commissions the station at a cost of $85,000.
Funding for the station comes from the Government of Canada (50%), the B.C. Government (25%) and BC Hydro (25%), and the municipality covers annual site maintenance and the monthly electricity costs of about $75 and provides the property to house the facility at 3678 Brown Road.
BC Hydro administers the Direct Current Fast Charger Project with sponsorship by Natural Resources Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines and participating site hosts.
With a growing network of charging stations, provincial incentives and more electric vehicle models on the market, now is a great time to purchase an electric vehicle. Visit www.pluginbc.ca for more information.