Fast charging for cars to remain free at Duncan’s ISC

Topping up at the fast charging station for electric vehicles at the Island Savings Centre will remain free the Cowichan Valley Regional District board decided last week.

The Island Savings Centre Commission had recommended that the district implement BC Hydro’s recommended user fees for the station, and begin to charge 35

cents per kWh with a $2 minimum effective July 1, but board members rejected the suggestion.

"This is far too soon," to add a cost to charging up electric vehicles, said Duncan Mayor Phil Kent.

The idea is to encourage people to switch to electric vehicles to help the environment, and a charge would discourage that instead, he said.

The majority of directors agreed.