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Electric charging stations under debate

Minister of Environment Terry Lake recently announced a community charging infrastructure fund, and the Sunshine Coast Regional District and the District of Sechelt are considering six of these units. The program is designed to encourage the installation of 570 public charging stations for electric cars throughout B.C.

Key points to consider include: installation incentive: up to $4,000 per station. Planning incentive: up to $75,000 in total funding if the intention is to install one station/$1,000 received. The goal is 570 stations by March 13, 2013 at an infrastructure cost of $2,280,000 plus an additional $460,000 for planning — total of $2,760,000.

While this may at first appeal to those who are electric car advocates, it does not appeal to smart technology selection or getting a good return on our investment.

First the technology selection. One tried and true aphorism is that government isn’t any good at picking winners, but then again, who is? Remember when George W. Bush announced $1.2 billion for hydrogen fuel? Not too many people do.


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