The charging infrastructure might be the single-biggest barrier facing worldwide, mainstream electric vehicle (EV) adoption today. However, many municipalities are hoping to change that in years to come.
In a press release earlier this week, Canada and British Columbia announced investments into the Clean Surrey Electric Vehicle Charging Network project, which seeks to expand the EV charging infrastructure in and around Surrey.
The initiative, which will receive $274,054 (CAD) from Canada, $228,356 (CAD) from British Columbia, and $182,727 (CAD) from the city of Surrey, plans to build 40 dual-port, level 2 EV charging stations at 10 different community sites across Surrey.
Happy to see Surrey quickly becoming home to one of the country’s fastest growing EV charging networks. 40 new Level 2 EV charging stations are receiving funding from the #BC Gov't in partnership w/ the Gov't of ?? & @CityofSurrey. #CleanBC #GoElectric https://t.co/xMTyNe2FgH pic.twitter.com/0kru2yO21s
— Bruce Ralston (@BruceRalston) January 19, 2021
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum hopes the addition of these EV charging stations will help incentivize Canadian consumers to continue buying electric.
McCallum said, “Increasing the supply of public charging ports within the city will give residents greater assurance to drive and own electric vehicles, helping Surrey move towards a more sustainable future.”
“I’d like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their partnership and funding on these projects, as we work together to build back a cleaner and better B.C.,” added Surrey’s Mayor.
There are currently 240 other EV stations being installed in British Columbia, thanks to federal and provincial funding totaling over $7.4 million (CAD), thanks to the Green Infrastructure Stream, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, the EV and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, and the CleanBC Go Electric Program.