22 chargers for electric vehicles coming to BC Southern Interior

More EV chargers coming

Madison Erhardt

The federal, provincial governments and FortisBC have joined together to fund 22 new fast chargers for electric vehicles in the B.C. Southern Interior.

"Everywhere from Kelowna to Creston to Christina Lake. From Penticton to Princeton, Nelson to Naramata. Each charger is located where British Columbians live work and play. All of them will be operational by end of this year. All made possible by a funding partnership that includes the federal contribution of $1.1 million," said Fleetwood MP Ken Hardie during an announcement Wednesday.

Federal funding for the project comes through a program that supports the government's target to have all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

The government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 for Canadian consumers to buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.

“The demand for electric vehicles is significant. British Columbia leads the country in transitioning to EVs with more than 60 thousand light-duty EV’s on the road today. With a growing number of E.V.’s on the road we are investing in the infrastructure needed to support EV drivers while moving to our clean B.C. goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation.

At this time it’s unclear how the 22 chargers will be divided up across the region.

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