Fanfare for the first-charge EV Station for Chilliwack and Boston Bar

The first-charging initiative by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, BC Hydro and various stakeholders.

It was the official launch Friday by Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) with Plug in BC; for a new 'fast charge' station in Chilliwack. MLAs John Martin; and Laurie Throness; joined MP Mark Strahl; FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz; and a BC Hydro official.

It’s the kind of thing that may decrease range anxiety for the growing number of electric vehicle owners.

It was the official launch Friday by Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) with Plug in BC, for two new “fast charge” stations in Chilliwack and Boston Bar for charging electric vehicles.

A fast charge takes about half an hour, not several hours.

“We are proud to join the growing network that offers EV charging at key destination points,” said FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz.

The speed of charging at these stations is an advantage, she said, it will hopefully spur new industry.

FVRD is making strides in environmental stewardship, and by partnering with BC Hydro and the province to add EV infrastructure, it furthers that aim.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin offered congratulations on the new charging stations, saying the move sets the standard for other communities.

“This is another milestone on the road to cleaner transportation.”

Mark Strahl called it a “great step” for Chillwack, and for Boston Bar, giving options for those who want to charge an electric car.

The stations are called fast charge because they can provide EV owners with an 80 per cent in about 30 minutes. Both public and home Level 2 stations take four to six hours to get to 80 per cent, as opposed to eight or more hours to fully charge a vehicle.

MLA Laurie Throness noted that electric vehicles have tremendous advantages.

“They are silent. They have tremendous torque and acceleration, they’re very efficient. You go from about a thousand moving parts in my gas-guzzling monster to about 20 in all in an electric vehicle.”

Most of B.C.’s power is clean, he said, and so are its fleets.

“What we’re doing today is a little kickstart to private industry. If private industry does not take it up, it won’t happen in a significant way.”

The new EV charging stations can be found in the parking area next to the regional district’s main office (45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack) and on Highway 1 in Boston Bar (Canyon Lanes Bowling Alley).

The June 10 event also included a rally with a 20-minute drive around Chilliwack in their electric vehicle owners.

The fast-charging initiative by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, BC Hydro and various municipal and industry stakeholders to increase EV charging infrastructure in the Province.