News from Kamloops

December 7, 2012

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Coming to the Kamloops Visitor Centre

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops recently received funding from the Provincial Government in support of the installation of a new Level II electrical vehicle charging station at the Kamloops Visitor Centre.

The new electric vehicle charging station will be installed in early March 2013 and will provide local and visiting drivers with a convenient place to charge their electric vehicle while staying at one of the local hotels or while shopping at the neighbouring shopping centre, and is easily accessible off Highway 1.

The Level II charging stations will be able to fully recharge an electric car battery within three to six hours, depending on the battery system in the specific electric vehicle.

"Taking this initial step to make electric vehicle charging more widely available to local and visiting drivers supports several of the Sustainable Kamloops Plan goals. It strategically positions Kamloops as part of BC's new 'green highway'," said Jen Fretz, Sustainability and Environmental Services Manager with the City of Kamloops. "If you own an electric vehicle or have ever thought of purchasing one, it will now be easier to recharge at new charging stations throughout the province and in Kamloops."

The Sustainable Kamloops Plan goals that will be directly supported from this new charging station include: helping to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels for transportation locally by 25% by 2020; reducing transportation-related green house gas emissions to 2.4 tonnes per capita by 2020; and encouraging the use of alternate fueled motor vehicles in the community.

The infrastructure incentives that support the City of Kamloops Visitor Centre charging station are part of the Province's $2.74 million Community Charging Infrastructure Fund (CCIF) that will lead to 570 public charging stations across BC by March 31, 2013. The Fund is overseen by the BC Ministry of Environment and BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, and administered by the Fraser Basin Council. The incentives cover up to 75% of the capital and installation costs up to a maximum of $4,000 per charging point and are focused at Level II AC chargers.

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Media Contact:
Jen Fretz, Sustainability and Environmental Services Manager
City of Kamloops
250-828-3697
jfretz@kamloops.ca