FVRD Rallying for Electric Vehicles

June 7, 2016

This is going to be one event where you can really get charged up. On Friday, June 10 at 11 am the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) in partnership with Plug in BC, will officially launch its two new “fast charge” electric vehicle (EV) stations in Chilliwack and Boston Bar. EV owners from across the Lower Mainland will rally at the FVRD’s main office (45950 Cheam Avenue) to celebrate continued efforts to build clean and sustainable communities.

The new EV charging stations are located in the parking area next to the regional district’s main office (45950 Cheam Avenue, Chilliwack) and on Highway 1 in Boston Bar (Canyon Lanes Bowling Alley).

These stations have been installed as part of an initiative supported by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, BC Hydro and various municipal and industry stakeholders to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Province.

The stations provide EV owners with the ability to charge their vehicle’s battery to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes.  By contrast, both public and home Level 2 stations take four to six hours to return a vehicle to an 80 percent charge while home Level 1 charging systems typically take eight or more hours to fully charge a vehicle.

Plug in BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to lay the ground work for electric vehicles and infrastructure in British Columbia. It is a broad collaboration between the province, BC Hydro, Fraser Basin Council, several academic institutions, regional governments, and over 100 communities and businesses. Plug in BC has worked with communities across the province to develop an EV charging network that will increase EV adoption and tourism across the region while contributing to local economic and environmental sustainability.

The Government of Canada provided funding to the two fast-charging electric vehicle stations through its ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative. With a growing network of charging stations, provincial incentives and more electric vehicle models on the market, now is a great time to purchase an electric vehicle. Visit Plug In BC for more information.

Quotes

“Efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector are key to achieving our climate change objectives,” said the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “By investing in electric vehicle technology and infrastructure, we are helping to combat climate change and growing our economy.”

Honourable Jim Carr
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“Congratulations to the Fraser Valley Regional District on the launch of your EV fast-charging stations in Boston Bar and Chilliwack. Expanding the public charging network in B.C. is a key part of the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program. Since introducing the program in 2011, we’ve committed more than $31 million dollars for vehicle purchase incentives, charging infrastructure, outreach, research and training to encourage British Columbians to choose clean, green electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

John Martin
MLA, Chilliwack

"The FVRD strives to be a leader in environmental stewardship and by partnering with BC Hydro and the province to provide additional infrastructure for emission-free transportation we can further support these goals and promote environmentally conscious communities. We are proud to join the growing network that offers EV charging at key destination points.”

Sharon Gaetz
Chair, FVRD

“The installation of the new fast charging stations in Chilliwack and Boston Bar will provide electric vehicle owners the ease of charging their vehicles at an incredible speed while keeping their transportation energy costs low,” said Keith Anderson, vice-president, Customer Service, BC Hydro. “Infrastructure projects like this help British Columbians make cleaner, greener choices and we’re very proud to offer our continued support.”

Keith Anderson
Vice-President, Customer Service, BC Hydro 

Event Details

11:00 – Welcome and introductions

11:05 - 11:20 – Speeches by elected representatives and VIPs

11:20 – Photo opportunity: Official plug in of FVRD fleet vehicle to the new DC station at 45950 Cheam Avenue

11:20 - 11:30 – EV owners & passengers prepare to depart for 10 km rally

11:30 - 11:50 – Video opportunity: EV Rally (see map)

11:50 - 13:00 – Refreshments and interview opportunities with EV car owners