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Coquitlam company to electrify vehicles at YVR

Moment Energy of Coquitlam will help Vancouver International Airport achieve its status of the world's "greenest" airport.
A plane being loaded at the Vancouver International Airport.

A Coquitlam company that made a new battery energy-storage system will soon electrify vehicles at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Moment Energy, based on Burbidge Street off United Boulevard in southern Coquitlam, will provide high-speed charging capacity for public and fleet vehicles at the terminal.

The company will form its clean-energy system by recycling old vehicle batteries, helping YVR achieve the status of the world’s “greenest” airport.

Specifically, the initiative will yield a Level 3 DC that's designed to charge two electric vehicles.

The cost to repurpose the Flora batteries is $800,000 — with $386,500 coming from BC’s Integrated Marketplace, an initiative also funded by the federal government through PacfiCan to connect buyers with B.C. firms.

"Providing platforms for B.C. technology companies to develop and operationalize new innovations that address real-life business challenges in a real-world environment is helping secure our province as a low-carbon leader," said Brenda Bailey, B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation, in a news release.

"This will open doors for more B.C. companies to prove their technologies and commercialize, sell and export new products and services, while creating more jobs for British Columbians."

YVR is one of three “testbeds” for the Integrated Marketplace; the other two are the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The goal of the YVR testbed is to cut operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its net-zero commitment by 2030.

Moment Energy was in the news last year when Gudie Hutchings, Canada’s minister of rural economic development, stopped by the Coquitlam business to talk about the federal government’s Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit.