British Columbia’s provincial government has revealed it will install 20 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the province through funding provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Natural Resources, says that DB Land Acquisitions Inc. will install 20 Level 2 EV Chargers in Langford, British Colombia as part of the $49,000 EV infrastructure investment.
An additional $50,968 was contributed by DB Land Acquisitions, bringing the project total to $99,968.
This is a step forward for the Canadian government’s $680 million Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program plan that aims to ensure that all light-duty cars and passenger trucks are zero-emission by 2035.
In May 2022, the Government of British Columbia received $3.5 million to install 810 EV chargers across the province by October 2023.
Since 2015, the Canadian government has invested $1 billion in EV affordability and charger accessibility, and currently offers a $5,000 federal rebate for Canadians purchasing electric vehicles.
Canada’s 2022 Budget proposes a $1.7 billion investment to extend the federal EV purchase incentive program until March 2025, followed by a $400 million investment in Natural Resources Canada to extend the program to March 2027.
So far, over 136,000 Canadians have taken advantage of the federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle In Canada.
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Sources: Government of Canada