New Direct Current Fast EV Charger Coming to Victoria

The City of Victoria has been working with BC Hydro to install the city’s first electric vehicle (EV) Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) station with two chargers at the south end of Store Street, between Johnson and Pandora, near the Johnson Street Bridge. Construction is underway with the chargers expected to be ready for public use by April 2021.

“British Columbia’s Zero Emissions Act 2019 requires that by 2040, all new light duty vehicle sales and leases must be zero emissions vehicles” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “Greater Victoria has the highest percentage of EV sales in Canada and the City is excited to break ground on this fast charging station that will support this transition to zero emissions vehicles.”

DCFCs rapidly charge EVs, giving them about a 100km range in 30 minutes depending on the vehicle model, allowing drivers to recharge during a quick trip to downtown. 

Since 2013, the City has been investing in EV charging infrastructure and now owns and operates 19 public Level 2 chargers located in the City’s five parkades, including the six recently installed chargers on Broad Street. A comprehensive EV Strategy that will guide the City’s future investment in public and private EV charging stations is expected early this year.

“More and more British Columbians are switching to electric vehicles to save on fuel costs and reduce air pollution,” said Minister of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation Bruce Ralston. “Through CleanBC, we’re working with our partners to expand our EV charging network in Victoria and across the province, make it easier for drivers to go electric, and put B.C. on the road to a clean energy future.”

Funding for the chargers and the installation has been provided in part by NRCAN’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative and the CleanBC Go Electric Program in collaboration with BC Hydro. There will be a fee for use of the chargers and users will be required to limit their stay to 40 minutes. Parking restrictions will be in place to ensure that only EVs that are charging are parked in the EV parking stalls.

The City of Victoria has committed to expanding public EV charging options to help meet the climate change targets of an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels and a switch to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2040 as outlined in the City’s Climate Leadership Plan.