This plan is being developed by the District of Sechelt in partnership with the Town of Gibsons and the Sunshine Coast Regional District. The plan has been funded through a grant from the Province of BC’s Community Charging Infrastructure Fund. The electric vehicle charging plan supports the goals of the We Envision regional sustainability plan.
Electric vehicles (EV) have arrived in Canada as a mainstream vehicle choice, with Chevrolet, Nissan, and Mitsubishi currently selling electric cars in British Columbia. Many more manufacturers are expected to have EVs available for sale within the next year or two. EVs are seen by many as the future of the automobile, playing an important role in reducing pollution and climate change.
In order for electric vehicles to be successful, charging infrastructure is required so EVs may re-charge batteries while on the road.The Provincial government is laying the groundwork for electric vehicle infrastructure by helping to fund a province-wide network of public charging stations, and funding charging infrastructure plans by local governments. The Sunshine Coast EV charging plan will:
- determine the short term and long term requirements for EV charging stations on the Sunshine Coast;
- identify potential EV charging station sites;
- solicit input from stakeholders and the public;
- investigate local government policies that can be used to increase the uptake of electric vehicles on the Sunshine Coast.
Read further on this website to find more information on electric vehicles, charging, and how you can be involved.