The Village of Pemberton is soon going to become an electric car destination. The community is one of a handful across B.C. awarded funding to build charging stations. Pemberton was given provincial government funding to install two charging stations.
Mayor Jordan Sturdy said the exact location of the stations is yet to be determined. He noted that the community centre was initially discussed but it was agreed that a higher profile location would be more appropriate.
Sturdy said two possible locations for the chargers are by the bus station and adjacent to the farmers market.
Sturdy said Pemberton is getting more that $6,000 in funding to create the stations and he sees the installation of charging stations as a potential economic generator as Vancouver electric vehicle owners will know they can visit the community, recharge in Pemberton then make it back home in their electric vehicle.
“It seems like the right thing to be doing,” Sturdy said of creating charging stations in Pemberton.
Sturdy feels electric vehicles are proving to be more popular than vehicles powered by hydrogen.
“This represents a new vision for transportation,” Sturdy said of electric car sales and the infrastructure required to move them. “They may replace the hydrogen highway. These may be more practical.”
Sturdy also noted that the Pemberton Valley Lodge is also planning to install charging stations for its guests.
Lions Bay is getting its first introduction into public charging stations as the Lions Bay General Store and Café was granted funding to create two charging stations for the community along Highway 99 on the edge of Howe Sound.
The West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish was also awarded funding to install a charging station.
The new centre for Squamish will bring the public charging tally in that community to four. The Squamish Adventure Centre has a station while the 7-Eleven on the other side of the highway from the Adventure Centre also has charging capabilities. Newport Auto in the Squamish Business Park offers charging services during its business hours.
Whistler got funding earlier for its charging stations found at the conference centre, municipal hall and at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
The new stations announced for Pemberton, Lions Bay and Squamish have to be installed by the end of March.