The Regional District of Nanaimo has received a grant from the province to install 10 new public electric vehicle charging stations.
The $162,222 grant from the Clean B.C. Communities Fund will pay for new Level 2 charging stations, to be completed by the end of 2022. It will help fill existing gaps in the mid-Island’s area’s charging network and expand zero emission transportation options for the RDN residents, businesses and visitors, according to a press release from the RDN.
The funding is part of a larger grant application led by the RDN to support the development of a mid-Island EV charging network that ranges north to Campbell River and west to Tofino and Ucluelet. The RDN led the grant on behalf of 12 mid-Island local governments, who will now also receive funding for installation of public charging stations in their areas. This co-operative network helps to ensure RDN residents, businesses and visitors can move effectively through the mid-Island area using low-carbon transport, the release noted.
“This supports the RDN’s strategic plan goal to be leaders in climate change adaptation and mitigation by making it easier to choose zero-emission transportation,” said RDN chairman Ian Thorpe in the release.
All charging stations will be located at accessible public facilities and will prioritize public access. Charging stations will be installed at the following locations, already approved by the RDN board: City of Nanaimo service and resource centre, District of Lantzville municipal hall, Nanoose Place community centre, Descanso Bay Regional Park, Oceanside Place arena, Qualicum Beach museum, Parksville City Hall, French Creek Marina and Lighthouse Community Hall.