Monday, March 18, 2013

City Hall News

Reducing Range-A-Phobia

New EV plug-in at City Hall

Released by Zoya Stoochnoff, City of Chwk/Submitted photo

 

Chilliwack mayor Sharon Gaetz shows off one of the City's new electric vehicles. Situated in front is a free-to-use charging station.

 

ew electric vehicle charging stations are ready for public use at two locations within Chilliwack. These stations are now part of a province wide network of up to 570 electric vehicle charging stations accessible to the public and fleets.

 

This expanded network will offer electric vehicle drivers greater security, peace of mind, and extended travel options.

 

"We are pleased to be plugged into the expanding charging station network, and to be able to offer this free service to our residents and visitors," says Mayor Sharon Gaetz. "93% of electricity generated in BC is clean energy, and we believe this project demonstrates our firm commitment to preserving our community's environment."

The Chilliwack charging stations were jointly funded by the City of Chilliwack and grants received from the Provincial Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund, through the Fraser Basin Council.

The stations have online mapping capability that provides real time status of availability, locations and directions. They also have options for smartphone apps that can communicate additional updates directly to the user, notifying them when charging is complete or interrupted. The online resources can be viewed at www.chargepointnetwork.com as well as www.plugshare.com.

 

It is an important step in allowing the public to pinpoint the exact locations of station and the charging availability when planning their journey. The Chilliwack charging stations can be found in two locations, the Chilliwack Visitors Centre at 44150 Luckakuck Way and at Chilliwack City Hall, 8550 Young Road.

For more information about the Fraser Basin Council Plug in BC Program, please visit www.fraserbasin.bc.ca.

 

 

 

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