FortisBC and the City of Nelson celebrated the opening of Nelson’s first publicly available direct current fast-charging (DCFC) electric vehicle (EV) station.

“Adopting EV’s is one of many ways for individuals to reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor John Dooley, City of Nelson. “We hope that the added convenience of this fast-charging station helps grow EV adoption among our community and we appreciate the support from FortisBC, the province and the federal government.”

The new station, located at the Nelson and District Community Complex, provides a convenient and faster charge option right in the heart of the commercial district and makes Nelson more accessible for both local and out-of-town EV drivers. The 50-kilowatt station is expected to bring a compact EV from zero to 80% charged in about a half an hour, as compared to the four Level-2 chargers located in downtown Nelson that require from three to four hours. The cost for a half hour charge at the new DC fast-charging station is $9 per half hour.

This fast-charging station was made possible through a partnership between FortisBC, the City of Nelson, Nelson Hydro, the Province of British Columbia and Natural Resources Canada. As part of the partnership, the City of Nelson is providing the location and FortisBC will own and manage the station. This is the latest of 12 fast-charging stations FortisBC has built over the last year with support from municipalities and all levels of government and adds to the five FortisBC-owned Kootenay stations that were opened as part of the accelerate Kootenays initiative in 2018. All 12 stations were 50 % funded by Natural Resources Canada, 25% by BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the remaining 25% by FortisBC. The funding is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, which aims to establish a coast-to-coast network of fast-chargers along the national highway system, natural gas refueling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen refueling stations in major metropolitan areas. It is part of the Government of Canada’s more than $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of British Columbia is also contributing $300,000 towards the fast-chargers through its Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program. This station brings the total DCFC chargers FortisBC owns and operates to 17 stations across 14 communities in the southern interior. FortisBC continues to look for opportunities to expand this network as part of its 30BY30 goal of reducing emissions from its customers by 30% 2030. For more information about the FortisBC electric vehicle fast-charging network, visit www.fortisbc.com/electricvehicle

– City of Nelson