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Canada: New electric car charging stations roll out

Drivers will soon have an impressive 17-station network to plug into across the Harbour City

By Tamara Cunningham, DAily News; With A File From The Vancouver Sun April 4, 2013

Electric vehicles running on “E” now have more places to power-up in Nanaimo.

Twelve new electric car charging stations are rolling out across Nanaimo this week, from University Village to Woodgrove Centre. Combined with four city-owned “level-two stations” and a new fast charge site, electric car drivers will have a 17-station network to plug into across the Harbour City.

The speed that this municipality and its “host” businesses have installed the technology has surprised local supporters, who say the number of stations have more than tripled over 12 months. It follows an island-wide trend which has seen public sites grow from just two municipalities to communities spanning Victoria to Sayward. Ladysmith installed its dual station last week.

Bruce Labelle, a fleet manager with the City of Nanaimo, says the sudden uptake is thanks to heavy investment from the B.C. government and support to businesses from the municipality.


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