City hopes to be fully charged with new stations for electric vehicles

By Spencer Sterritt
April 12, 2019 - 5:15pm

The City of Nanaimo currently owns and operates three charging stations of the 20 around Nanaimo. The Canadian Press

NANAIMO — The City is trying to expand upon an existing request to add electric vehicle charging stations and significantly boost environmentally-friendly transportation in the harbour city.

Councillors voted Monday to participate in the Mid-Island Electric Vehicle Network Project, an application to add 10 charging stations throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo. By joining the project, the City is looking to add four stations specifically to Nanaimo, plus however many are introduced through the RDN.

City transportation manager Jamie Rose told councillors spending $24,000 on the four stations is an affordable way to provide more sustainable options to residents and increase options for future environmentally-friendly projects.

The City currently owns and operates three public vehicle charging stations, free of use. There are 20 other publicly available stations throughout Nanaimo, owned and operated by the businesses who installed them.

Rose said adding the stations fits seamlessly into the upcoming Sustainable Transportation Master Plan, which is expected in 2020.

It's currently unclear where the four new stations, and the 10 being sought by the RDN, would go.

Only coun. Sheryl Armstrong opposed to motion to allocate $24,000 for the project.


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