Electric vehicle owners will get a charge out of 13 charging stations in BC

Stations provide a charge up to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

January 18, 2013   by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER—Electric car owners in BC will get a real charge out of this.

The provincial government is spending $1.3 million to set up fast-charging stations in 12 communities.

The stations can give a car an 80% charge in 30 minutes or less, compared to other kinds of stations that require up to eight hours for a full charge.

The stations are being set up in various cities including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Whistler, Hope, Merritt, Nanaimo and Saanich.

Environment Minister Terry Lake said providing electric vehicle owners with more charging options will make electric cars even more attractive.

The government says setting up the stations will complete the BC portion of the West Coast Green Highway, an agreement with three American states to ensure electric vehicle charging is available along the West Coast from BC to California.

©The Canadian Press

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