It’s good news for electric vehicle owners in Delta looking for a place to charge.
City council on Monday approved a staff recommendation to install 10 new dual-point Level 2 (240 volt) electric vehicle charging stations throughout the community, part of the city’s new target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Using a grant received from the federal government last year, the city will add an additional charging station at the Ladner Pioneer Library, Tilbury Ice, city hall and the new North Delta track.
Two dual-point stations will be added at the North Delta Recreation Centre, the Sungod Recreation Centre and Dugald Morrison Park.
A staff report notes there are a number of privately-owned Level 2 charging stations located in commercial areas available to the public which along with the publicly owned stations can be found at: www.plugshare.com.
Delta has installed Level 2 stations for public use at South Delta Recreation Centre, Ladner Leisure Centre, Sungod Recreation Centre, North Delta Recreation Centre and the North Delta Centre for the Arts.
Other government agencies operate public Level 2 stations at Boundary Bay Regional Park, Annacis Research Centre, Delta Hospital and the Alaksen National Wildlife Refuge.
BC Hydro operates a DC Fast Charge station at the South Delta Recreation Centre.
“At this time, Delta-owned stations are free for public use with a maximum two-hour usage time. The intention of providing free public charging, on a temporary basis, is to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles,” the report notes. “However, the stations have the capacity to collect fees in the future as determined by council. Staff are monitoring usage at Delta's charging stations and will report back to council with further details and recommendations for a fee structure that aligns with other municipalities in the region, as contemplated by the Electric Vehicle Strategy adopted by council in 2020.”