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Keremeos joins growing list of communities with fast charging stations

Local electric vehicle owner Mark Vranckaert, left, and Keremeos mayor Manfred Bauer are pictured in the contributed photo at the Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Keremeos Municipal Office.
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January 22, 2016 - 6:30 PM

PENTICTON - Keremeos joins a lengthening list of South Okanagan communities supplying a fast charging station for electric vehicles.

The fast charging unit is up and running at the Village of Keremeos Municipal Office, and since beginning service in October, has been uses about twice a month, according to a media release.

The station was funded from the B.C. government’s clean energy program, installed by B.C. Hydro with a contribution from Fortis B.C. The Village of Keremeos will operate and maintain the station, the release says.

The Keremeos station is equipped with both CHAdeMO SAE combo quick charging standards, able to serve most electric vehicles including the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark EV and BMWi3. The Tesla Model S can also be charged at the Keremeos station, but requires a special adaptor.

Vehicle charge time is estimated at 30 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge.

Station users can pay for their charges through a pre-registered account with a company called Greenlots, which allows payment through users’ Smartphone app or the Greenlots contactless payment card. The Greenlots app is available for free on Google Play and Apple Store.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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