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USA: Charging stations being pursued for Pemberton

The Pemberton Community Centre could be the site of electric vehicle-charging stations in the future if a grant application put forth by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) is approved.

During Monday’s (May 28) board meeting, SLRD staff was directed to submit a Community Charging Infrastructure Fund application to install two charging stations at the Portage Road facility, following on a recommendation made by the Pemberton Valley Utilities and Services Committee (PVUS) earlier in May.

The Province announced the new $2.74-million fund, to be administered by the non-profit Fraser Basin Council (FBC), several weeks ago with the goal of establishing more than 550 public charging stations across B.C.

Area C director and PVUS member Susie Gimse said FBC officials specifically highlighted the region as a place they’d like to see charging stations during the Lower Mainland Local Government Association meetings in Whistler earlier in May.

“They indicated that they would like to see the Sea to Sky corridor implement charging stations throughout,” said Gimse. “I think it’s a great opportunity.”

Official details of how the fund will be implemented were revealed this week after press time, but an FBC spokesperson said money coming from the fund would cover 75 per cent of the cost of Level 2 charging stations, at a maximum of $4,000, while applicants would be required to pick up the remainder of the bill. The spokesperson noted that the cost to purchase and install Level 2 stations ranges from $2,000 to $8,000.

While electric-car use in the Pemberton Valley hasn’t exactly been noticeable, Mayor Jordan Sturdy described the evolution of the technology as a “chicken-and-egg” type of situation and said he expects it to only become more common.

“Our role is really to keep (the technology) in mind as developments come forward… as an option that needs to be assessed,” said Sturdy.


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