Update: Installations of Charge North EV Chargers

December  15, 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, installation of Charge North electric vehicle charging stations are approaching the half-way point. Since installations began this past summer, the following stations have been installed and are available for use:

  • Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – Fort Nelson Rec Centre
  • Prince George – Aquatic Centre, Canfor Leisure Pool, Prince George Civic and Conference Centre, and the Prince George Public Library (Bob Harkins Branch)
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Vanderhoof – between the 7-11 and Co-op
  • Masset – Village Office
  • McBride – Robson Valley Rec Centre and Steve Kolida Park
  • Valemount – Canoe Valley Rec Centre

Installation of EV chargers is underway and expected to be completed this month in Sandspit, Daajing Gids, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Fort St. John, Sun Peaks, Ashcroft, and Barriere.

The remaining Charge North stations will be installed in 2023. These include stations in Gitlaxt’aamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Laxgalts'ap, Gingolx, Stewart, Hazelton, Kitimat, Granisle, Smithers, Burns Lake, Houston, Prince George, Quesnel, 100 Mile House, and Logan Lake.

First Charge North EV Charging Station Comes Online

September 29, 2022

The first Charge North station is also the northernmost! The station at the Northern Rockies Recreation Centre in Fort Nelson is now available.

Announcement from the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Charge North is coordinating a road trip across several communities this August 2022

July 27, 2022

We’ll be stopping in at local events across central and northern BC, and we’ll be joined by local electric vehicle (EV) drivers. Come by the Charge North Mobile EV Discovery booth to learn more about EVs and how they can help our communities. Interested residents and visitors can also sign up to test drive an EV. 

See the schedule of events 

Sign up to test drive an EV 

Preparing To Install 58 Level 2 Chargers!

January 19, 2022

The Charge North region will soon be outfitted with 58 Level 2 EV charging stations! Locations have been confirmed, and the Charge North RFP/Procurement Committee is now in the process of selecting a contractor to manage the installations. The successful contractor will select the station manufacturer, design the sites, manage installations, coordinate network services, and confirm warranty and operations support for all sites.

We anticipate that charging station installation will start in the spring of 2022 and continue into 2023 if needed. In the meantime, Charge North communities are receiving information and communication materials from the contractor and from Community Energy Association. The goal is to ensure all communities have the information they need to talk about and support EV travel of residents and visitors to their communities.

The site host communities for the forthcoming stations are:

  • City of Fort St. John
  • City of Prince George
  • City of Quesnel
  • City of Terrace
  • District of 100 Mile House
  • District of Barriere
  • District of Houston
  • District of Kitimat
  • District of Logan Lake
  • District of Stewart
  • District of Vanderhoof
  • Fort Nelson (Northern Rockies Regional Municipality)
  • Fort Nelson
  • Mountain Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks
  • Nisga’a First Nation
  • Stellat’en First Nation
  • Town of Sandspit
  • Town of Smithers
  • Village of Ashcroft
  • Village of Burns Lake
  • Village of Granisle
  • Village of Hazelton
  • Village of Masset
  • Village of Masset
  • Village of McBride
  • Village of Queen Charlotte
  • Village of Valemount

Ready, Set, Charge!

September 1, 2020

Today the provincial and federal governments announced more than $760,000 in funding for Charge North – an EV charging network which is a community-led initiative that aims to electrify close to 2,800 km of highway across central and northern BC. Charge North is led by six regional districts in coordination with the Community Energy Association. The grant will support 55 Level 2 EV station in 25 Charge North communities.

Charge North is an inspiring example of collaborative leadership – six regional districts and 43 municipalities, Indigenous communities and Northern BC Tourism, working together to address greenhouse gas emissions from transportation while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism opportunities. Community Energy Association is excited to now move the project from planning to implementation with funding support from the Province, NDIT and participating local governments.

Congratulations to the participating communities of central and northern BC! We are very excited to work with you to bring this EV vision to reality! 

Planned network of 47 Level 2 charging stations receives boost from Northern Development

January 8, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE – Northern Development Initiative Trust today announced its commitment of $192,000 towards the creation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network across central and northern B.C.

Branded “Charge North”, this partnership involves 23 regional districts, municipalities and First Nations and demonstrates collaboration on addressing the issue of clean energy, while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism.

Read the full article.

Charge North Project

March 28, 2019

The Charge North project is a community-led project, directed by six regional districts, with planning and implementation facilitated by the Community Energy Association (CEA). The project engages 43 local governments from south of Kamloops to Haida Gwaii in order to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network of over 2,780 kms.

The project complements the Province of B.C.'s CleanBC Plan launched in December 2018, which will require 100% of vehicles sold in B.C. to be zero-emission by 2040.

Read more.