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Second unit added to McBride electric vehicle charging station

Units at Robson Valley Recreation Centre add 50 kilometres of range in about 10 minutes.
A second charging stations is now up and running in McBride

BC Hydro has doubled the capacity of its electric vehicle fast charging site in McBride with the addition of a new 50-kilowatt unit.

The unit was brought into service on Monday. Each of the two units can add 50 kilometres of driving to an average electric vehicle in about 10 minutes.

The site, located in the parking lot of the Robson Valley Recreaction Centre, just off Highway 16, was also updated to include a curbless design and lower displays on the new charger for better accessibility.

Hydro's fast charging network currently includes 121 charging units at 80 sites in communities throughout B.C. and plans to add 325 charging units to its network at 145 sites within the next five years.

“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,” O'Riley said.

The chargers are funded in a partnership with the Province of B.C. and Natural Resources Canada.