With the Nov. 17 completion of six new electric vehicle (EV) chargers, the City of Victoria is steadily steering toward its emission reduction targets.
While the city already operates 13 public Level 2 chargers in parkades, the Broad Street chargers are the city’s first in on-street parking. The six stations have been installed in three pairs, each a block apart, and allow vehicles to charge for up to 90 minutes – the equivalent of 50 kilometres of use for the average EV.
A commitment to renewable energy is part of the city’s 2018 Climate Leadership Plan. In it, the city aims for 30 per cent of passenger vehicles in Victoria to be powered by renewable energy by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2050.
As of March 2020, there are 5,613 fully-electric vehicle owners in Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, according to the Victoria Electric Vehicle Association.
“We know that electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “These EV chargers support the switch to zero emissions vehicles and are one more step in our work to tackle the climate crisis.”
Funding for the chargers and their installation came in part from NRCAN’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program in partnership with BC Hydro.
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