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Electric vehicle travel to and within West Kootenays gets boost with 5 new fast chargers

Feb 16, 2018

CASTLEGAR, BC – With this month’s opening of five electric vehicle Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFCs) stations along Highway 3, the West Kootenays are now connected to surrounding regions for electric vehicle (EV) travel.

The stations have been strategically sited in Greenwood, Christina Lake, Castlegar, Salmo, and Creston to ensure connected travel and charging options for drivers. All are part of the broader Accelerate Kootenays initiative which will ultimately facilitate the installation of 13 fast chargers and 40 Level 2 chargers in communities across the Kootenays, resulting in over 1,800 kms of connected electric vehicle travel. The fast charging stations are critical infrastructure to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel to and through the region, and to facilitate increased adoption of electric vehicles locally.

Rossland resident, David Cornelius, who has logged over 90,000 kms in his Tesla 85D, says “Having these DCFCs operating makes travel in an EV quite simple. Now drivers can stop where they like, rather than where they must. Side explorations between chargers is vastly expanded: instead of being required to stretch a trip between two distant chargers, you're at liberty to take a detour.”

Read the full news release.