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BC Hydro’s electric vehicle fast charging site operational in Sayward

Sayward, B.C. EV fast charging site

SAYWARD: Sayward is home to BC Hydro’s newest electric vehicle fast charging site and joins the company’s growing network of more than 125 public fast chargers in B.C.

"We are working to make it easier for drivers in B.C. to go electric and use more of B.C.’s clean, reliable hydroelectricity," says Hon. Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation. "This charging location in Sayward will help make public charging more convenient as a growing number of people on Vancouver Island make the switch to electric vehicles."

The Sayward site opened December 20 and is located at the Sayward Co-op (1590 Sayward Road). It includes two 50-kilowatt charging units. Each unit can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. One of the chargers can accommodate large trucks and trailers. The location also includes a curbless design and lower displays on the new charger for better accessibility.

"This new charge site in Sayward is a great addition to the network of public charging sites on northern Vancouver Island," says Michele Babchuk, MLA for North Island. "The site is convenient for drivers using the North Island Highway. The location is also wheelchair accessible and has lighting to enhance safety for all users."

Transportation accounts for about 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in B.C. In September 2021, BC Hydro revealed its Electrification Plan, with initiatives to encourage B.C. residents, businesses and industries to switch to hydroelectricity from fossil fuels to help reduce carbon emissions. The plan encourages switching from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles.

"As the primary fuel supplier for electric vehicles, we are building out charging infrastructure to ensure we can accommodate the volume and variety of electric vehicles that will be on B.C. roads in the coming years," says Chris O’Riley, President and CEO of BC Hydro. "BC Hydro will add 325 charging units to its network at 145 sites within the next five years."

BC Hydro’s provincewide fast charging network currently includes 130 charging units at 81 sites in communities throughout B.C. The chargers are funded in a partnership with the Province of B.C. and Natural Resources Canada.

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