Friday, November 25, 2022

Civic Centre location is set for next wave of EV charging stations for Prince Rupert

Two Level Two Charging Stations similar to this one across
from Pacific Mariner's Park will soon be installed at
the City's Jim Ciccone Recreation Centre complex

Electric vehicle owners requiring a charging station will soon have a couple of new locations to plug in a in the community. 

With the City of Prince Rupert announcing today that the City's McBride Street Recreation Complex will be the next location in the community for the Level 2 Charging station model.

The outline to the plan ahead coming from the City's communication office this afternoon.

From their notes the City's Mayor Herb Pond noted of how the chosen location will be a natural fit for the community as it moves forward with electric charging stations.

“This charging infrastructure at one of our most locally used facilities is a great asset for Prince Rupert. It’s early days, but electric vehicles are becoming a more affordable option for residents and visitors. We need to be part of a shift to more sustainable transportation options.” 

The full announcement from today can be reviewed here.

The City advises that there may be some restrictions to public access in this area of the Recreation Complex parking lot (near the back entrance to the arena) during the installation.

There is no date included in today's message making to advise when the Stations are anticipated to be in service.

In their notes today, the city outlined how the installation at the Recreation Centre make use of“Level 2” stations, which add 30-40 kilometres of range per hour of charging.

This is the second set of Level 2 Stations, in addition to those already installed by BC Hydro across from Mariner’s Park. 

The Charging stations in Prince Rupert join a network across the Northwest in place as part of a program for  Charge North installations, BC Hydro and the Government of BC are adding Direct Current Fast Chargers, or “Level 3” stations, in communities and highway rest stops throughout the region. 

These can fully recharge a vehicle from empty in about an hour.

The City's plans to offer EV Charging at the Civivc Centre go bak a bit, we made note of some of the past announcements and planning towards the facility as those updates came out, you can review some of them below:

December 2021 -- Prince Rupert's Capital Spending plans bring EV Tutorial
November 2021 -- Next potential locations for EV charging stations in Prince Rupert are identified

Find out more about the Charge North Program here.

More notes on Civic themes can be reviewed through our Council Discussion archive.

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