City of Powell River adds electric vehicle charging stations

Installations at recreation complex and library await contractor availability

Two new electric vehicle charging stations are ready to be installed by City of Powell River.

“Those charging stations have been delivered,” said city director of planning Thomas Knight. “They’re sitting waiting to be installed and we can’t get the contractors to actually do the installation until we have the money.”

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Powell River has been successful in obtaining provincial funding through Plug-In BC to pay up to 50 per cent of the total cost for acquiring the charging stations, he added.

Knight asked committee of the whole on July 31 to approve the city’s share of $25,000, which includes half the cost not covered under the incentive program, an electrical contractor and work done by the city.

There are approximately 22 electric vehicles or hybrids in Powell River, according to Knight.

Currently, the city has public charging stations at city hall and the upper North Harbour parking lot, which is the most heavily used.

The new dual port stations will be located at the two largest public facilities in the city: in front of Powell River Public Library and at the Powell River Recreation Complex main entrance on the lower level. 

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