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The government of Canada is investing CAN$300,000 in the construction of six electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in Vancouver.
This funding is part of the government’s CAN$182.5m investment to develop a fast-charging network for EVs and establish natural gas stations along roads and hydrogen stations in metropolitan areas.
The chargers are partially funded through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, a programme which falls under Canada’s $180 billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. Additionally, the government of British Columbia provided a CAN$150,000 grant.
Kennedy Stewart, mayor of the city of Vancouver, says: “This funding to increase Vancouver’s fast chargers, which can provide up to 200km of range in an hour, is a boost to our public charging infrastructure.”
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, member of parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, says the government is working with municipal and provincial governments to support green infrastructure projects to encourage widespread adoption.
The chargers, built by the City of Vancouver, are expected to open in early 2020. Two fast chargers will be located at National Avenue, two at West 12th Street and two more at Pacific Boulevard.
Last year, the Canadian government invested CAN$1.2m in a project led by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority to install charging stations for electric buses in Vancouver.