Esquimalt gives boost to electric vehicles

Vehicle charging station to be located at municipal hall

Esquimalt council supported a motion Monday night to install the township’s first electric vehicle charging station.

The station will be located in the town hall parking lot and will cost $24,000 to purchase and install. A third of that cost is expected to come from a provincial fund that aims to install 570 charging stations across B.C. by March 2013. Up to 84 stations are expected to be installed in the Capital Region.

The township will use its sustainability reserve fund to pay for the installation. Maintenance is expected to cost $2,000 each year, while hydro costs will likely be recovered through a user pay system of $1 to $4 per hour after a free trial period.