Two critical pieces of an elaborate network of electric vehicle charging stations being installed across the Kootenays are now online.
This from Meghan Lohmann with Accelerate Kootenays who powered up devices in Canal Flats and Radium Monday.
These are two of the 14 DC fast charging machines that will be accompanied by 40 Level 2 stations.
Accelerate Kootenays is an elaborate network of EV chargers being set up in 40 communities across the wider region to make electric vehicle travel more possible.
Lohmann says having Radium online there’s connection over to Alberta through Kootenay National Park, and installing a charger in Canal Flats closes the gap between the HWY 93/95 junction and Cranbrook, where the third fast charging station is located.
The Radium Hot Springs station is located at the new community hall, currently under construction, and offers visitors access to restaurants, shops and attractions.
The fast charger in Canal Flats can be found beside the arena, conveniently located just off of Highway 93/95 and within walking distance to community assets.
More chargers, of different levels, are anticipated for communities like Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie, Kimberley, Fort Steele and Moyie.
Accelerate Kootenays plans to connect almost 1,900 km of highway.
Lohmann says chargers in Jaffray and Sparwood will be turned on in the coming weeks and Golden should be operational in the new year.
Both of the Columbia Valley fast chargers are being installed by local electricians working with Powerpros Electric.
Installations of all East Kootenay sites are being managed by Powertech Labs, and will be owned and maintained by BC Hydro as a long-term commitment to the B.C. communities that host the stations.
– Accelerate Kootenays Project Manager Megan Lohmann