December 10, 2012 - 9:11 AM
Just as winter winds down, Kamloops will become a little greener.
The city has been named one of several communities across B.C. to receive provincial funding for an electric vehicle charging station.
The City of Kamloops will match the $4,000 contribution by the province to install the first station of its kind at the Kamloops Visitor Centre.
"It fits really well into the goals of our sustainable Kamloops plan," said Jen Fretz, sustainability and environmental services manager for the City.
In choosing the Aberdeen location, Fretz said the city opted for a location accessible to both residents and tourists.
"This will give them at least more than one opportunity for them to charge away from home," she added.
For those who worry about the centre resembling a gas station, Fretz said it's completely different.
"There's no environment and health detriment to you unlike your trips to the gas station," said Fretz. "It's essentially similar to a big plug-in," she said, noting that it's very compact.
Local car sales manager, Lorne Toderian, said plugin electric cars are a new and growing market.
"They're definitely growing in popularity," he said. "It is well represented in the Kamloops area."
Toderian said his shop intends on improving its own services to include charging stations as demand increases.
"It's definitely something that will be happening down the road," he said.
Fretz said charging stations will encourage more people to look to green options.
"It fits so well with the direction Kamloops is taking with sustainability."
The station will be free to users pending monitored usage on a first-come, first-serve basis.
— Jessica Wallace
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