To save the planet–or fuel ex­penses–b.c. is go­ing elec­tric on land and wa­ter

BC Business Magazine - - Contents - by Felic­ity Stone

Elec­tric av­enues—catchy song lyric or the way of the fu­ture?


B.C. res­i­dents bought triple the elec­tric ve­hi­cles in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year (2,564 ver­sus 849, ac­cord­ing to EV pro­moter FleetCarma). Not ready to com­mit? Rich­mond's EV Rentals fo­cuses on elec­tric and hy­brid cars in a va­ri­ety of makes and mod­els, in­clud­ing the long-range Tesla Model 3.


B.C.'S Charg­ing So­lu­tions and In­cen­tives Pro­gram re­ceived so many re­quests for re­bates to­ward in­stalling elec­tric ve­hi­cle plug-in equip­ment that it's putting some peo­ple on wait­ing lists and has cut off home ap­pli­ca­tions en­tirely. In July, BC Hy­dro com­pleted the sec­ond phase of its EV fast-charg­ing net­work, now from the Al­berta border to Tofino, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of sta­tions to 58. The pre­vi­ous month, Shell Canada and Hy­dro­gen Tech­nol­ogy and

En­ergy Corp. opened the coun­try's first re­tail hy­dro­gen ve­hi­cle re­fu­elling sta­tion. It's on Granville Street in Van­cou­ver.


The Tem­plar 26, launched this sum­mer, is the first in a se­ries of elec­tric boats de­signed and built in Kelowna by Tem­plar Marine Group, Gil­bert Cre­ative Group

and Vec­tor Power­boats. Van­cou­ver's West­coast Sight­see­ing now of­fers zero-emis­sion elec­tric boat tours us­ing ves­sels from Cal­i­for­nia's Duffy Elec­tric Boat Co., op­er­at­ing since 1970.

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