A BC Hydro electric vehicle fast-charging site has been set up in Fauquier.
The newest location adds to the growing network of more than 130 public fast chargers in B.C.
“We are working to make it easier for drivers in B.C. to go electric and take advantage of B.C.’s clean, reliable hydroelectricity,” says Josie Osborne, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “Adding a site in Fauquier was an important part of expanding the fast charging network in the B.C. Interior and brings us closer to reaching our CleanBC goal of completing B.C.’s Electric Highway.”
The Fauquier site opened Feb. 2 on Highway 6 at the Fauquier Ferry Landing.
It includes two, 25-kilowatt charging units. Each unit can add 25 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes of charging.
According to the province, transportation accounts for 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.
BC Hydro’s province-wide fast charging network currently includes 139 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.
“BC Hydro will have 325 charging units in its network at 145 sites by the end of 2025,” says Chris O’Riley, president and CEO of BC Hydro.