Thursday, November 4, 2021

Next potential locations for EV Charging stations in Prince Rupert area identified

The existing EV Charging station across from
Mariner's Park in Prince Rupert, plans are in the
works to introduce more of the stations 

The road map for the introduction of additional Electric Vehicle charging stations across the north has been laid out this week through a Bid program put forward by Charge North, with two sites in mind in the Prince Rupert area to go with the current charging option across from Mariners Park.

The project is being moved forward by Charge North, which is supported by Six Regional Districts across the North, including North Coast Regional District as well as Northern Development Initiatives Trust, the Province of BC, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the participating communities. 

The project, facilitated by the Community Energy Association, will create a Level 2 charging station network that connects almost 2,800 km of highway from south of Kamloops to Prince George, along Highway 16 and onto Haida Gwaii (an area the equivalent size of the country of Italy).

In the Request for Proposals that was posted to the BC Bid website on Monday, the two locations suggested as next up for an EV Charging station in Prince Rupert are at the Atlin Terminal parking lot and a space between the Civic Centre and Earl May Aquatic Centre.

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Prince Rupert is just one of a number of communities across the Northwest that will see the EV stations installed, with the Project also set to create a network across the region including Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, the Nass Valley and Haida Gwaii to name a few.

The deadline to submit bids for the project is December 31st, 2021.

The installation plan would seem to have at least a two year timeline, with installations required to be completed by December 31st of 2023.

Residents across the Northwest can review the Full list of planned locations from the BC Bid package (under the North Coast Regional District file) , the documents feature a wide ranging review of what the project is all about and the expectations of Charge North for those looking to supply and install the Charging Stations.

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain, who has long been an advocate towards the initiative,  hailed the future of Electronic charging back in September of 2020, when the first stirrings of the EV Charging initiative were put forward.

The existing EV Charging Station on First Avenue East across from Mariner's Park was installed one year ago, our notes at the time provided for a historical review of the path towards the future of transportation in the region.  

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