Charging network in its infancy

Delta and other Lower Mainland communities beginning to create stations to power electric vehicles

While Metro Vancouver began collaborating with municipalities this summer to establish a network of charging stations for electric vehicles, Delta already has the beginnings of its own network.

Last month, Metro Vancouver announced the regional district had been awarded a grant to begin developing a network, working with Delta and 13 other Lower Mainland jurisdictions, of a series of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the region.

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"Our goal is to facilitate the creation of a network of charging stations, installed at places like malls, theatres and tourism destinations," said Metro Vancouver Chair Greg Moore.

Delta already has two electric vehicle charging stalls that were added as part of the new Boundary Bay Airport terminal, which opened in early 2010.

Delta chief administrative officer George Harvie said residences at the new Tsawwassen Springs development also feature outlets to charge electric cars or golf carts for every home and condominium.

Earlier this year, Metro Vancouver applied for a grant under the provincial government's Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, with the goal of identifying 75 to 150 highly visible host sites for electric vehicle chargers.

"Making charging stations visible and accessible will build confidence in electric vehicles and will promote clean transport and clean air," Moore said.

Both Richmond and Surrey have already taken advantage of the funding and have projects in the works. Richmond announced last week a program that will see 10 charging stations at city hall and other civic facilities.

In Surrey, the city recently announced plans to construct nine charging stations at a variety of public buildings.

Harvie said Delta does not yet have specific plans for charging stations but will be looking at various options throughout the municipality. He added the Corporation of Delta is also looking at using electric cars in the municipal vehicle fleet.

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