Canada to Add 810 EV Chargers in B.C. with $3.54 Million Investment
The Government of Canada has announced it will invest $3.54 million CAD ($2.75 million USD) to build up to 810 electric vehicle chargers in the province of British Columbia.
The money will head towards the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, with funding coming from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).
These EV chargers will be installed at multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces or facilities for servicing light-duty vehicle fleets by October 2023. Funding will be doled out through the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate and Fleets programs.
“With electric vehicles representing 13 percent of all new light-duty vehicles sold in B.C., our province has the strongest adoption rate of electric vehicles in Canada. We’re positioning ourselves to become leaders in the EV industry. We’re working with our federal partners to increase rebates for home, workplace and fleet charging and making it easier and more affordable for people to make the switch to electric vehicles,” said Bruce Ralston, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, in a statement.
Canada says it has invested $1 billion CAD to “make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians,” detailing its ongoing federal rebates of up to $5,000 CAD for switching to an EV. Federal incentives have been utilized by over 136,000 Canadians and Canadian businesses to date, says the government.