Osoyoos Indian Band, FortisBC Open EV Charging Stations in B.C. Southern Interior

Taylor Baptiste, Osoyoos Indian Band Youth Council, was recognized at the event for her design of the station’s artwork. (CNW Group/FortisBC)

British Columbia, Canada, has been quite involved in the electric vehicle (EV) market, providing a government incentive program with one of the largest charging networks in Canada. At this rate, emission-free travel is very much a possibility for British Columbia.

The Osoyoos Indian Band has worked with FortisBC to open the first DC 50kW fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in a British Columbian First Nation community. These have now been made available to the public, as the Flo charging network stations are now available. Flo operates the largest EV charging network in Canada, states its website.

These new charging network stations have been installed between the United States and Canada, through interior routes that are used when traveling the southern and western regions of B.C. This route is also connected to British Columbia’s famous wine region, so the charging stations are convenient for tourists as well.

Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band made a statement:

“Through this positive partnership with FortisBC, we’re supporting clean transportation in our area and sustainable business growth. We’re pleased to contribute to this initiative.”

FortisBC has previously built twelve fast-charging stations with over $1 million in funding. The company plans to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in twenty years’ time. There are still over sixteen charging stations under construction for British Columbia’s southern interior routes.