Sidney has no immediate plans increase its network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), but other changes are on the way. (Black Press Media File)

Sidney won’t add fifth public charging station for now

Private company may manage public charging stations in Sidney

Sidney has no immediate plans to increase its network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs), but residents will see some improvements in the local charging infrastructure in the near future.

“BC Hydro will be doubling the capacity for the fast chargers at the [town] parking lot at Bevan and Seventh Street in March,” said Andrew Hicik, Sidney’s director of corporate services and chief financial officer. “Beyond this, the Town has no current plans to expand our network, but will be keeping an eye on supply versus demand as we move forward.”

Sidney currently operates four Level 2 public charging stations at its town hall, Parking Lot F (Third and Bevan), Tulista Park and Iroquois Park. BC Hydro also operates a fast-charging Level 3 station at Bevan and Seventh. Sidney does not have records for EV stations on private properties.

RELATED: Sidney says it has not received any complaints about vehicles hogging EV charging stations

Sidney, along with the rest of the Saanich Peninsula, has one of the highest ownership rates of EVs in terms of absolute and relative numbers on Vancouver Island, according to Statistics from the Victoria Electric Vehicle Association. They show 8.5 licensed full electric vehicles per 1,000 residents as of March 31, 2019 – 198 total vehicles.

RELATED: Sidney records the second-highest rate of electric vehicle ownership on Vancouver Island

These figures mean Sidney ranks fourth in ownership and second on a per capita basis. Central Saanich ranks in 11th place in raw numbers, but fourth on a per capita basis, and the municipality has just announced the formation of a committee tasked with helping the municipality meets its ambitious new climate change goals.

RELATED: New Central Saanich climate goal calls for 4,800 EVs on road by 2030

Developments are also underway in Sidney. Council tasked staff in December to speed up the conversion of the municipality’s fleet towards EVs after having asked its staff to prepare a request for expressions of interest (REOI) from third parties with an eye towards turning over operation and maintenance of the four public charging stations to a private company.

RELATED: Sidney considers turning over public charging stations to private company

RELATED: Sidney could pump up electric vehicle charging across community

Sidney is also looking at ways to up the number of private charging stations. “We are aware that senior governments are providing grant opportunities to individuals to install their own charging stations at home,” he said. “We are also requiring the installation of conduit to facilitate the future addition of charging stations for all new multi-family developments. An upcoming review of the parking bylaw will likely strengthen this requirement.”


Like us on Facebook and follow @wolfgang_depner

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

North Saanich’s Deep Cove Market up for sale for almost $1.8 million

Long-time owner Rosemary Scott hopes the public will understand her decision

UPDATED: Demonstrators plan to shut down Pat Bay Highway Wednesday afternoon

Adam Olsen, MLA, says issue should be taken to province, not communities

Sidney cougar sighting ‘unverified’ near Tulista Park in Sidney

Conservation Service receives multiple unverified reports of cougars in the region area weekly

Motion for Greater Victoria fare-free youth transit defeated

Victoria Regional Transit Commision votes tied 4-4

Peninsula Panthers pounce on Westshore Wolves during opening game of playoffs

Panthers look to increase their lead to two games in best-of-seven series Wednesday

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Two B.C. men plead guilty to bus-terminal assault of man with autism in Ontario

Parmvir Chahil and Jaspaul Uppal due to be sentenced in June for aggravated assault

Most Read