Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networks and related infrastructure and technology will receive a $4,1 million investment from the government of Canada, along with private companies, for the British Columbia province.
Firstly, the government of Canada announced the funding this Thursday, through the Minister or Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan Jr. Through the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) the federal government will fund $1,7 million to address barriers to electric EV adoption.
Secondly, FLO | AddÉnergie, the City of New Westminster, IBX Data Systems and Sun Country Highway will complete the funding amount for the total of $4,1 million. It will specifically, support the expansion of the EV Charging Network Management System developed by the BCIT’s Smart Microgrid Applied Research Team.
Thirdly, the team will advance EV charging infrastructure solutions that improve interoperability issues, grid efficiencies and drivers’ charging experience. Furthermore, the investment will also support data collecting to recognize elements for future integration of fast- EV charging infrastructure, create jobs and contribute to an increased uptake of EVs.
Moreover, the federal funding came out through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program; which is particularly aimed to accelerate the market, the overall adoption of next-generation clean energy tech, for the transportation sector.
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Canada to lower transportation’s emissions through EV charging networks
Consequently, the final goal of the investment would be to lower emissions, create healthier communities and provide opportunities for economic development. In fact, the transportation sector accounts for 25 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, Seamus O’Regan Jr., said. “Canadians want greener options to get to where they need to go. We’re making EVs more affordable; and also, charging infrastructure readily available; allowing Canadians to be in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future.”
On the other hand, Kathy Kinloch, president of the BCIT, remarked. “Our organization pioneered the concept of campuses as living labs of sustainability; such as the Smart Microgrid, as part of our unique education model to engage the community in solving real-world challenges.”
Finally, she said. “This investment further expands applied education opportunities for students; and researchers to partner with industry in creating innovative and sustainable solutions; ones that support the environmental, social and economic prosperity of our country.”