As part of the Electric Vehicle Charging Program (EVCP), Birch Hills County now has three new electric vehicle charging stations. All three stations are located at the County Office in Wanham and will be for both public and private use.
- Charger One – Level 2 Hypercharge JuiceBar – For staff use only
- Charger Two – Level 2 Hypercharge JuiceBar – For staff use only
- Charger Three – Level 3 Hypercharge ABB Terra – For public use
The two level 2 chargers will be used to support County fleet vehicles, while the level 3 charger will open to the public to use. Level 2 chargers are typically used over longer periods of time and can normally charge an EV from near empty to 100% in 8 – 10 hours. While, level 3 chargers, are typically used on the go, and can charge an EV from 20% battery capacity to 80% battery capacity in 30 – 40 minutes.
This project was funded by the Government of Alberta and Natural Resources Canada.
All three chargers serve an important role in expanding the EV charging network in northern Alberta. The County of Birch Hills is located just north of Grande Prairie and the County Office is located just off the Spirt River Highway, which will allow visitors to access the level 3 charger easily.
The County saw this project as an opportunity to progress its own climate goals and support the overall transition to EVs in the province. The County hopes that the addition of the chargers will attract traffic to the businesses and the community and support the local economy.
We saw it as an opportunity to attract traffic to our businesses and communities that would otherwise not typically be visited, says [ CAO Larry ] Davidson … Council feels this is an opportunity to utilize grant funding to provide a new service that would otherwise be unavailable for many years…We also see this as an opportunity to take grant funding for electric vehicles for our own fleet.CAO Larry Davidson