Two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has been added to Coquitlam's network.
The B.C. government recently implemented a pair of BC Hydro-operated outlet at the Mobil gas station across from Real Canadian Superstore — located at 1301 Lougheed Hwy.
This is one block south of two other charging stations on Seguin Drive that are also run by BC Hydro, and is one of 44 new ones installed in 14 communities across the province.
The addition now means there are at least a dozen EV stations in Coquitlam.
You can view the others on the map below:
"As British Columbians are switching to electric vehicles at record speed, we continue to expand our network of electric charging stations and accelerate toward our CleanBC goal of completing B.C.'s electric highway by 2024 with our rebate programs," said B.C.'s energy minister Bruce Ralston in a news release.
"With these new charging stations, British Columbians can travel to different communities throughout the province with ease and contribute to a low-carbon future."
The two new Coquitlam outlets are part of a seventh round of funding by the CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program.
The province said this aims to increase the number of fast-charging stations to meet the demand with more electric vehicles hitting the road.
"We're building a cleaner, better future for people with more fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in communities throughout the province," added George Heyman, B.C.'s environment and climate change strategy minister.
"By making cleaner choices easier and more affordable, we're making sure 90 per cent of all new light-duty vehicles sold in B.C. are zero emission by 2030 and 100% by 2035 — a key commitment in our CleanBC Roadmap to 2030."
According to B.C. government data, the average driver can save around $2,500 each year on fuel by switching to an electric vehicle.
The new stations can also allow an EV driver to reach a distance of 300 km on a single 30-minute charge.