A total of 40 additional charging stations for electric-battery vehicles are coming to Surrey through a joint partnership between governments.
The new charging stations will be installed at 10 community centres, recreation centres, and swimming pools across the city. Each station will have a dual-port, level-two capability.
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The $685,000 investment was announced on Tuesday, with $274,000 from the federal government, $228,000 from the provincial government, and $183,000 from the City of Surrey.
“Increasing the supply of public charging ports within the city will give residents greater assurance to drive and own electric vehicles, helping Surrey move towards a more sustainable future,” said Doug McCallum, mayor of Surrey, in a statement.
“I’d like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their partnership and funding on these projects, as we work together to build back a cleaner and better B.C.”
The transition to electric-battery vehicles is forecast to accelerate quickly over the coming two decades, ahead of the provincially legislated 2040 start date for 100% electric-battery vehicle sales.
According to ICBC statistics, there were 285 registered electric-battery vehicles in Surrey and 3,168 across the Lower Mainland in 2015.
Over the span of four years, as of 2019, the number has grown exponentially to 2,238 within Surrey and 21,826 in the Lower Mainland.
The federal and provincial governments are installing over 240 other electric-battery vehicle charging stations across BC with $7.4 million in combined funding.