There’s a new fast-charging site for electric vehicles on Vancouver Island.
BC Hydro has opened an electric vehicle fast charging site at the Peninsula Co-Op on 1007 Canada Ave. in Duncan.
The site, which opened on Sept. 23, includes a 100-kilowatt charging unit, which can add 100 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. There is also one 50-kilowatt charging unit that can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in approximately 10 minutes as well.
“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,” said Chris O’Riley, president and chief executive officer of BC Hydro.
According to the hydro company, transportation accounts for about 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the province.
As a result, BC Hydro says it plans to add 325 charging units to its network at 145 sites within the next five years and will continue to encourage motorists to switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric-powered ones.
BC Hydro’s provincewide fast charging network currently includes 120 charging units at 80 sites in communities throughout the province.