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BC Hydro doubles units at South Surrey electric vehicle fast charging site

Fast chargers added to support electric vehicle adoption in the community
BC Hydro has doubled the number of chargers at its electric vehicle fast charging site in South Surrey with the addition of two new 100-kilowatt charging units. (BC Hydro photo)

There are now more charging options for electric car drivers in South Surrey.

With more and more Canadians making the move to electric vehicles, BC Hydro has added two new new fast charging units to its Real Canadian Superstore (2332 160 Street) site, doubling what is available for drivers.

The location now has four fast chargers to support electric vehicle adoption in the community, a BC Hydro release notes.

“This new charge site will help British Columbians get to where they need to go more quickly and reliably, all while using clean energy,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s minister of environment and climate change strategy, in the release.

“More electric chargers bring both environmental and economic benefits as we work towards lowering our climate-changing emissions 40 per cent by 2030.”

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The BC Hydro site already had two 50-kilowatt charging units, which can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes.

On Jan. 22, two additional 100-kilowatt charging units were brought into service which can add 100 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes, BC Hydro said in the release.

The updated site also includes a curbless design and lower displays on the new chargers for better accessibility.

“As the primary fuel supplier for electric vehicles, we are building out charging infrastructure to ensure we can accommodate the volume and variety of electric vehicles that will be on B.C. roads in the coming years,” said BC Hydro president and CEO Chris O’Riley.

“BC Hydro will have 325 charging units in its network at 145 sites by the end of 2025.”

BC Hydro’s provincewide fast charging network currently includes 164 charging units at 85 sites in communities throughout B.C., the release said.

The Superstore parking lot also features a Tesla supercharger site.

Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’m a lifelong writer, and worked as a journalist in community newspapers for more than a decade, from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey, from 2001-2012
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