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City of Richmond bolsters electric fleet with more charging stations

The city will be adding a total of 15 charging ports
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The City of Richmond is adding more charging infrastructure for its corporate electric vehicle fleet.

The City of Richmond will be adding more electric vehicle chargers and infrastructure for its corporate fleet vehicles.

Richmond has received $420,000 under National Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Infrastructure Deployment Initiative Grant Program, which will be used to fund the two projects.

This allows the city to install a total of 15 charging ports, including 12 level two and three level three charging ports, at city facilities for corporate fleet vehicles, according to a city staff report.

This includes four level two charging ports at Fire Hall No. 1 on Gilbert Road, two level two charging ports at Fire Hall No. 2 on No. 2 Road, and four level two charging ports at Fire Hall No. 3 on Cambie Road.

Two level two charging ports will also be installed at Richmond RCMP headquarters on No. 5 Road, while two level three charging ports will be installed in the Works Yard and one level three charging port will be installed at City Hall.

The projects were previously approved by city council, but the grant funding increases their budget from $2,209,700 to $2,629,700, which means the city’s capital budget needs to be amended.

This was approved at this week’s council meeting.

Currently, the city has around 80 vehicles that are either electric, hybrid or alternative fuel, according to city staff.

The city is working on increasing the number of electric vehicles in its fleet, and in 2021 committed to replacing more than 10 per cent of all new corporate fleet passenger vehicles with zero emission vehicles each year.