Electric vehicle owners will be able to plug in from Gibsons to Egmont after 11 charging stations are installed under a regional plan led by the District of Sechelt.
Prepared by Enerficiency Consulting, the draft Sunshine Coast electric vehicle charging plan was presented to local governments earlier this month.
The plan identifies six new sites on the Coast for level two (240-volt) charging stations: Wheatberries Bakery in Upper Gibsons, the Roberts Creek commercial hub, Trail Bay Mall in Sechelt, IGA in Wilson Creek, IGA in Pender Harbour and Egmont Heritage Centre, which has also applied for funding for a second charging station.
The Gumboot Restaurant was considered for the Roberts Creek charging station, “but turned out not to be viable,” Roberts Creek director Donna Shugar said during the review of the draft plan at the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) infrastructure services committee meeting on Dec. 6.
However, she added, “it looks like there is a strong will of the community and a private business to make it happen in downtown Roberts Creek.”
Sites already approved for 75 per cent provincial funding are the Sechelt and District Public Library, the Sechelt Aquatic Centre, Kinnikinnick Park, the Gibsons and Area Community Centre and the SCRD offices in Wilson Creek.
As well, other public charging stations have been installed on the Coast by Olsen Electric in Sechelt, Cypress Power in Gibsons and Gibsons Recycling Depot.
Gibsons Recycling Depot will install two chargers and will be making the stations available to the public seven days a week, said a press release from the Ministry of Environment announcing a second round of funding incentives. The Upper Gibsons business is also adding electric vehicles for its community curbside and recycling program, the release noted.
Stations that have been approved for provincial funding must be installed by March 31, 2013. The cost per station is between $4,000 and $5,000, District of Sechelt staff said during the SCRD presentation.
The regional plan was developed after a public engagement process that included a website, stakeholder meeting, and on-line survey of 65 people.
Long-term sites identified in the plan include the Langdale ferry terminal, Lower Gibsons, Sunnycrest Mall in Upper Gibsons, Gibsons Park Plaza and Davis Bay.