BC Hydro expands its electric vehicle fast charging site in Port McNeill
PORT MCNEILL: BC Hydro has doubled the number of chargers at its electric vehicle fast charging site in Port McNeill with the addition of a new 100-kilowatt charging unit.
"An important part of our CleanBC climate plan is helping people make the switch from a gas-powered vehicle to one that runs on B.C.'s clean electricity – whether you're driving around a city, a small town, or a more remote area of our vast and beautiful province," said Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. "This expanded electric vehicle charge site in Port McNeill continues our work with BC Hydro and other partners to make cleaner options more accessible and affordable for all British Columbians."
The Port McNeill site originally opened in July 2020 and is located at the Pioneer Mall (1705 Campbell Way). The site was built with one 50-kilowatt charging unit which can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. On March 23, an additional 100-kilowatt charging unit was brought into service which can add 100 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. This updated location also includes a curbless design and lower displays on the new charger for better accessibility.
"This expanded site at Pioneer Mall in Port McNeill will support North Island residents with EVs, as well as EV users visiting our communities," says Michele Babchuk, MLA for the North Island. "The updated location is wheelchair accessible and has newly installed lighting, making it safer 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 have 325 charging units in its network at 145 sites by the end of 2025."
BC Hydro's provincewide fast charging network currently includes 141 charging units at 83 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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