City wants to build 18 electric vehicle charging stations
The City is applying for a provincial grant to cost-share the installation of 18 electric vehicle charging stations at public facilities across Surrey. If the full request is met, the province would pay $72,000 of the bill, while the City would foot the remaining $108,000. Each charging station costs $10,000. The City’s share would be paid for through carbon tax rebates it receives from the Province.
There are three types of charging stations on the market, each providing different voltages. Level 1, the cheapest available, takes an electric vehicle 12 to 20 hours to recharge. Level 2, the type the City is pursuing, can make a full charge in 4 to 6 hours. Level 3, which can cost upwards of $65,000 per station, can recharge the car in less than 30 minutes.
Levels 3 stations are being installed in Whistler, Squamish and at Science World as the Province’s commitment to the Green Highway, a network of fast charging stations from BC to California. Another 27 are planned for installation across the province, but locations have yet to be announced. Staff are examining the potential of a Level 3 charging station on Hwy 99.
The Community Energy Association expects that there will be 10,000 to 20,000 electric vehicles across Metro Vancouver by 2020, rising to 130,000 in another ten years. Based on these estimates, that could mean 2000 to 4000 electric vehicles in Surrey by 2020, reaching 26,000 by 2030.
The grant submission seeks to build 8 Level 2 charging stations at the new City Hall. Stations are also planned for:
- Guildford Recreation Centre
- Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
- Surrey Arts Centre
- Strawberry Hill Library
- Fleetwood Library
- Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex
- Cloverdale Recreation Centre
- Surrey Museum
- South Surrey Recreation Centre
- Ocean Park Library