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Charging stations to encourage electric vehicle use

Driving electric vehicles on Salt Spring may soon get easier with plans for four new charging stations in Ganges.

The island’s Climate Action Council was approved for up to $8,000 to purchase and install two stations under the province’s Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund Early Bird Program, but it will need the sponsorship of a business or non-profit organization to take ownership.

Because the CAC’s mandate doesn’t include provisions for owning or operating equipment, the group needs a partnering body to agree to take care of the charging station for five years. If a sponsor to sign the government’s contribution agreement can be found by the end of November, the group intends to install two stations in ArtSpring’s lower parking lot.

“The purpose of applying for the Early Bird Program was to get our foot in the door, and we succeeded,” said Elizabeth White of the Climate Action Council.

White said the island’s Climate Action Plan is primarily concerned with transportation and food production. Its 2020 target for greenhouse gas reduction calls for 20 per cent of the island’s light vehicles to be electric by that point.

“It’s part of that parcel of measures that we’re going to need to meet those targets, so getting the electric charging infrastructure in place now with grants will be very important to the plan,” White said.
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