First charging stations available

Staff writer
October 30, 2012 01:00 AM

Sechelt Mayor John Henderson (left) and community planner, Andre Boel at the District of Sechelt's first public electric vehicle charging station, located outside the District's main office. The charging station is available for residents and visitors to use.

Electric vehicle (EV) charging is now available in front of the Sechelt library/District of Sechelt office.

Three parking spaces serviced by a dual charging station, the first of its kind on the Coast, can now be used, courtesy of the District of Sechelt.

"The Sechelt EV charging station is the first of 11 being installed across the Sunshine Coast to create a network of charging stations available for use by electric vehicles," said Mayor John Henderson in a news release. "Another one of these facilities is now available at the Sunshine Coast Regional District office on Field Road."

The District of Sechelt (in partnership with the SCRD and Town of Gibsons) received funding from the community charging infrastructure fund incentive program. The District of Sechelt would like to acknowledge Olson Electric for advice and installation of this station as well as the Province of B.C., Livesmart BC and the Fraser Basin Council for providing project funding.

"These facilities will help visitors to come to Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast, secure in the knowledge they can charge their vehicles as necessary," he said. It's apopular misconception that locals will use these chargers. It's true that local delivery vehicles and other high mileage vehicles (couriers, etc.) may use the charger - even half an hour can get such vehicles 35 km of additional range, which is useful if you're driving up and down the Coast. However, locals withEV's will charge at home, and not need to charge during the day.

"The electricity provided will cost less than $1 per hour, with drivers of such vehicles being able to enjoy Sechelt, and probably spend money in our retailers."

The electric vehicle charging plan supports the goals of the We Envision regional sustainability plan as well as sustainability goals of Sechelt's sustainability plan and official community plan.

Further information is available at http://evchargingplan.wordpress.com/.

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