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Canada announces expanded public EV network in British Columbia

The Canadian government will invest C$1.15 million to build 23 EV chargers in British Columbia

Electric and alternative fuel vehicles play a key role in reducing pollution. As Canadians continue to make greener choices, the government of Canada is delivering more options for them to drive where they need to go while reducing pollution.

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Catherine McKenna, on behalf of the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi has announced a C$1.15 million investment to build 23 electric vehicle fast chargers across BC.

The stations are being deployed by British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, with partial funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI).

The government of British Columbia is also contributing C$575,000 toward the fast chargers through its Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Programme.

The funding is part of the government’s C$182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for EVs and establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. This investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.

The EVAFIDI programme is part of the government of Canada’s C$180+ billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.

Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear electric vehicles are a necessity for Canada’s low-carbon future. The government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.

“Investments in green infrastructure will make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone. By making it easier for British Columbians to switch to an electric vehicle, more Canadians can be part of the solution to take action against climate change. More electric vehicles travelling on our streets and highways reduce pollution and create good, middle-class jobs,” said McKenna

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