The manager of a regional charging network says a new provincial program is helping create balance for electric vehicle drivers.
Megan Lohmann with Accelerate Kootenays is reacting to the Plug In BC program which covers 75 per cent of new stations at multi-unit residential buildings and 50 per cent of stations at workplaces.
Lohmann says this is great considering 80 per cent of e-vehicle owners charge up at home.
“Providing a little bit of a rebate to help people get their chargers installed at their home is a really good push,”she states. “But it also allows drivers the opportunity to leave their home with a full battery and use the Accelerate Kootenays network for their regional driving.”
Accelerate Kootenays is a first of its kind network connecting 40 communities with more than 50 different charging stations.
Lohmann explains Highway 3 is almost fully electrified with more one station to be installed in Sparwood.
Moving forward, Lohmann would like to see more commercial partners offer Level 2 Charging Stations.
“So, that would be the hotel, restaurant, or retail sector,” she suggests. “Hotels really make the most sense in early years of deployment. So, encouraging hotel chains or independent hotel owners to install easy charging as another [service] at their hotel.”
– Accelerate Kootenays manger/RDEK Community Energy Manager Megan Lohman