June 05, 2013 - 1:35 PM
Vernon has installed two more electric vehicle charging stations and they are open for business.
"Even without any announcement, one already had its first customer," the city's communications officer, Courtenay Pitcher said in a media release.
These are the second and third electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Vernon, in addition to one owned by Kal Tire.
“We are grateful to the B.C. Ministry of Environment and the Fraser Basin Council for this grant," Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky said. "This electric vehicle charging station gives tourists and residents the opportunity to explore getting away from gas powered vehicles.”
The Vernon station received funding through the Province of B.C.’s Community Charging Infrastructure Fund. It is one of approximately 450 charging stations being installed across the province this spring under the initiative.
“The City of Vernon is showing leadership by offering electric vehicle charging,” David Marshall, executive director for the Fraser Basin Council said. “About 450 new charging stations are now available in community and business locations province-wide, and that makes going electric a viable option for more drivers. A shift to electric vehicles also means fewer carbon emissions and better air quality for everyone.”
The City of Vernon’s new EV plug charging stations are located at the Community Services Building visitor parking lot accessed off 30 Street (3001 32 Avenue). Currently, there is no fee to charge up, but drivers do have to pay for parking.
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