Canadian utility revs up EV charging network

BC Hydro says its fast chargers can fuel a battery to 80% in 30 minutes or less

A Canadian electric utility has rolled out seven new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) on Vancouver Island.

BC Hydro said its EV charging network will allow drivers to travel between Ucluelet, Campbell River and Sidney without range anxiety.

The company, which generates 98% clean electricity, says its fast charging network can fuel a battery to 80% in 30 minutes or less.

It adds consumers can save around 75% in fuel costs by switching to greener vehicles,

The project is part of Natural Resources Canada’s $1.05 million (£0.65m) investment for a total of 21 charging stations to help expand the province’s EV infrastructure.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: “We are paving the way to a low carbon future by investing in green infrastructure. The opening of these stations is an important step towards lowering emissions and making electric and alternative fuel vehicles a viable travel option for British Columbians.”

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