City Participating in Community Energy Agency’s Charge North Network Across Northern BC
PRINCE RUPERT, NOVEMBER 25th, 2022 – The Recreation Complex will soon be sporting two new electric vehicle chargers, installed as part of the Charge North network across Northern BC.
“This charging infrastructure at one of our most locally used facilities is a great asset for Prince Rupert,” said Mayor Herb Pond. “It’s early days, but electric vehicles are becoming a more affordable option for residents and visitors. We need to be part of a shift to more sustainable transportation options.”
These stations are “Level 2” stations, which add 30-40 kilometres of range per hour of charging. This is the second set of Level 2 Stations, in addition to those already installed by BC Hydro across from Mariner’s Park.
In conjunction with the Charge North installations, BC Hydro and the Government of BC are adding Direct Current Fast Chargers, or “Level 3” stations, in communities and highway rest stops throughout the region. These can fully recharge a vehicle from empty in about an hour.
This installation is part of Charge North’s current program to deliver over 58 charging stations in 31 communities - from Masset to Valemount and Fort Nelson to Logan Lake. All of these community-based stations are “Level 2” stations.
Please note that there may be some restrictions to public access in this area of the Recreation Complex parking lot (near the back entrance to the arena) during the installation.
The City signed on as a partner to the Charge North Network in 2018 in order to support the availability of electric vehicle infrastructure across Northern BC. In order for electric vehicles to be feasible in our far-flung communities, it was understood that there would be a need for a regional push. With the support of the Community Energy Association, initial local government investments were leveraged to attract additional funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and the Province of BC. Along with other organizations, such as the Northern BC Tourism Association, BC Hydro, and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the partners completed a feasibility study and identified the location of charging stations in multiple communities.
Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager
City of Prince Rupert
Office: (250) 627 0976
Cell: (778) 884 6285