BC Hydro has completed the second phase of its electric vehicle fast-charging network, which will allow drivers to travel across B.C. from the Alberta border to Tofino
The second phase of the network includes 28 new stations, in addition to the 30 that were completed in 2016. There are two new stations at the Britton Creek rest area on the Coquihalla Highway, just north of the former toll booth, allowing drivers to quickly charge up before heading to the Lower Mainland or to the Southern Interior.
BC Hydro is planning its next phase, which will connect drivers to the north from Kamloops to Prince George and, eventually, to Prince Rupert.
The Crown corporation’s fast-charging network can charge an electric vehicle’s battery to 80 per cent in 30 minutes or less.
The cost to charge vehicles at BC Hydro stations is 35 cents per kilowatt hour.
The Nissan Leaf, for example, takes 40 KWh to become fully charged. the vehicle has a maximum range of 242 kilometres while fully charged. To fully charge at a BC Hydro fast-charging station, the cost would be about $14.
As the number of electric vehicles on B.C. roads grows, charging sessions at BC Hydro’s existing stations in the Southern Interior showed a 62 per cent increase between May 2017 and May 2018. There are now about 9,000 electric vehicles on the road in B.C. and that number is expected to rise to 300,000 by 2030.
BC Hydro has been installing charging stations throughout the province since 2012 with support from the provincial and federal governments and in partnership with municipalities, regional districts and private companies.
Stations completed in phase two include:
• Britton Creek rest area along the Coquihalla Highway (two stations)
• Canal Flats Arena
• City of Cranbrook municipal parking lot on Cranbrook Street N.
• District of Sparwood municipal office
• Golden, at end of Ninth Avenue (to be energized in mid-July)
• Jaffray Pump & Pantry
• Radium Hot Springs Community Centre
• Coquitlam Superstore (east)
• Coquitlam Superstore (west)
• Horseshoe Bay, in the 6000-block of Bruce Street
• Mission Superstore
• Peace Arch Superstore
• Richmond Superstore
• Surrey, at Esso Tynehead (to be energized in mid-July)
• UBC Wesbrook Place
• Vancouver, in the 500-block of Homer Street in Vancouver (two stations)
• Vancouver, in the 5000-block of West Boulevard
• Vancouver Superstore, on Grandview Highway (to be energized in mid-July)
• Vancouver Superstore, on South East Marine Drive
• Campbell River Community Centre
• Courtenay Superstore
• Nanaimo Superstore
• Pacific Rim Visitor Centre
• Port Alberni No Frills
• Qualicum Quality Foods
•Sidney City Hall