Whistler Village’s charging capacity for electric-battery vehicles received a major boost today when 14 dual-port chargers — a total of 28 chargers — were activated at strategic locations in the mountain town’s core.
The charging stations are installed at public parking locations including Day Lots 1, 2, and 4, as well as Conference Centre Lot A. All stations use Level 2 chargers for compatibility with a wide range of electric-battery vehicle models.
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Senior governments covered 45% of the installation cost, including $117,755 from the federal government and $61,500 from the provincial government. The remainder is covered by the resort municipal government’s parking revenue from the Day Lots.
“Thank you to the Government of Canada and Province of BC for providing this funding to make climate action initiatives like this possible,” said Whistler mayor Jack Crompton in a statement.
Last year, personal vehicles account for 54% of Whistler’s greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is an exciting opportunity to encourage zero-emission vehicle travel to and from Whistler,” he added.
In conjunction with the charging station construction work, the resort municipal government has also made improvements to the south end of Day Lot 4, such as the delineation of existing unmarked parking spaces, installation of lighting along the south edge, improved safety of the south entrance with lighting and clearer sightlines, and updates to the storm water system.
Additionally, new charging stations have been built in Squamish, outside the Squamish Liquor Store, with $100,000 from the federal government and $50,000 from the provincial government.