Electric Vehicle owners now have access to a power source for almost 500 kilometres of Highway 3.
Accelerate Kootenay celebrated the installation of a charging station in Sparwood Tuesday, completing a charging network on the highway.
Project Manager Megan Lohmann says this means drivers can now recharge their electric vehicles from the East Kootenays to the Boundary.
She says this gives more options for people looking to travel without relying on gasoline.
“From Sparwood to Greenwood, we’re connected with DC Fast Charging infrastructure,” Lohmann says. “What this does is it opens up the opportunity for enhanced tourism for electric vehicle drivers through the Kootenays by opening up the Elk Valley as a connector for the Province of Alberta.”
Lohmann says this couldn’t have been done without the $1.8 million in support from governments and groups across the region.
“This level of collaboration is certainly unprecedented across Canada in terms of getting a local transportation network in place for electric vehicles,” Lohmann says. “That’s really led to our ability to within less than 16 months go to significant implementation.”
Accelerate Kootenay’s goal is to have over 50 charging stations installed in the region by the end of 2018.
Lohmann says they expect to have all infrastructure in place by the Fall.
– Accelerate Kootenays Project Manager Megan Lohmann