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.

Just Posted

Group forms in Hope to respond to homelessness, trauma and addictions

Homelessness Action Response Table (HART) full of local, regional, provincial movers and shakers

B.C. man facing first-degree murder charge in death of Belgian tourist

Amelie Sakkalis’ body was found on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

New ‘meowyoral’ race featuring felines announced by Chilliwack animal shelter

Organizers hope the cat election will generate attention for both the shelter and municipal election

UFV hosts revitalized Literary Festival featuring some of its previous writers-in-residence

Taking over Mission’s festival, UFV hopes its Literary Festival will be just as popular

Friends and family remember Paul Kaji with a skate in his honour

Hope skater and community member passed away August 2017 of fentanyl poisoning

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

Most Read