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Electric car charging stations for Commons, Shawnigan

Residents and visitors to the Shawnigan Lake area and those customers shopping at the Cowi-chan Commons Walmart will soon benefit from three new public electric-vehicle charging stations thanks to the $2.7 million Community Charging Infrastructure Fund.

On Dec. 6, it was announced the three Level 2 (240-volt) stations were Cowichan bound as part of the project aimed at “saying yes to clean transportation”.

While Shawnigan Lake Dir. Bruce Fraser couldn’t speak for Walmart, he said the CVRD is “actively” applying for grants in an attempt to get more charging stations for the Valley.

“In this manner we hope to encourage electric vehicles where they are feasible for people’s transportation needs,” Fraser said. “Over time the main limitation of electric cars, the lack of charging stations to increase range capacity, will require many more stations than the two introductory ones in our area.”

As with the previous round of CCI funding announced in September, approval is for 75 per cent of the cost of purchasing and installing the charging stations, up to $4,000 per station.

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