Canada Invests in Next-Generation EV Charging Networks in B.C.
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May 5, 2021 Vancouver, British Columbia Natural Resources Canada
The Government of Canada is building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create good, middle-class jobs and support the natural resource sectors. This is more important than ever as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of more than $1.7 million to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to address barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption.
Specifically, funding will support the expansion of the EV Charging Network Management System developed by the BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team. The team will demonstrate EV infrastructure solutions that improve interoperability issues, grid efficiencies and drivers’ charging experience.
BCIT, along with FLO | AddÉnergie, the City of New Westminster, IBX Data Systems and Sun Country Highway, is also investing in the project bringing the total funding amount over $4.1 million.
The transportation sector accounts for 25 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Data collected through this project will support the future integration of fast-charging infrastructure, create jobs and contribute to an increased uptake of EVs.
The federal funding for this project was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, which aims to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.
The government is supporting innovative energy initiatives that lower emissions, create healthier communities and provide opportunities for economic development.