EV Charger Victoria
(City of Victoria)

The City of Victoria officially opened its first on-street Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in the city’s downtown on Tuesday.

Six new Level 2 chargers will now be available on Broad Street between Pandora Avenue and View Street for free public use.

“We know that electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity,” said Mayor Lisa Helps.

“These EV chargers support the switch to zero emissions vehicles and are one more step in our work to tackle the climate crisis.”

The chargers were announced in September as part of the City’s long-term climate plan to power 30 per cent of passenger vehicles with renewable energy by 2030.

According to the City, a 90-minute charge on a Level 2 charger is usually sufficient to drive an average EV up to 50 kilometres.

The six new Level 2 chargers expand on the City’s existing EV charging network of 13 public Level 2 chargers which are located in public-owned parkades.

Funding for the new chargers was partly provided by the Natural Resource Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, in partnership with BC Hydro.

The provincial CleanBC plan requires the sale of all new light-duty cars and trucks to be zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2040.