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Electric Vehicle Travel

The Kootenay Rockies region is the first in Canada to implement a
community-driven strategy to build a clean transportation network in a rural setting through the Accelerate Kootenays initiative.

The region’s strong Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger network provides a smooth and worry-free EV touring experience and allows environmentally-conscious travellers to enjoy the wonders this region offers year-round.

In alignment with the 10-year Destination Development Strategy, Kootenay Rockies Tourism recognizes the opportunity that Electric Vehicle travel presents for advancing these specific goals:

  1. Develop strategies to adapt to climate change and to reduce the contribution of the tourism industry to greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Become a leader in inter-modal transportation and rural connectivity

We encourage our stakeholders to learn more about the opportunities that lie within the EV travel market, help promote the travel itineraries for the region and explore the funding and rebates available to install charging stations on your business premises.


The Growing Opportunity of EV Tourism

Community Energy Association Presentation created & presented by Jen Grebeldinger, Communications Lead, Community Energy Association

EV Travellers

Find out about the socio-demographic characteristics and travel motivations and values of this up-and-coming high yield and low impact travellers segment.

Plugshare Website

EV users can plan their trip by using the Plugshare website and see which towns, cities, accommodation properties and service providers offer charging stations.

Kootenay EV Road Trip

KRT has created a circle route with an itinerary highlighting the southern portion of the region, along Highway 3.  The itinerary showcases attractions and activities for this area and information on the EV charging stations along the way.
Watch for more regional Road Trips to come.


Do you already have charging facilities at your business?  Let us know!
We would like to include the information in your business listing on our consumer website KootenayRockies.com 
to ensure EV Travellers are informed and can access your location easier.
Contact: Karen Cook
Publications & Website
Ph: 250-427-4838 Ext. 204


FUNDING & REBATE OPPORTUNITIES

Funding programs are actively evolving and new opportunities are being developed.

Destination Level 2 EV Charging Infrastructure

KRT has partnered with Community Energy Association (CEA), Fernie office, to support the expansion of EV charging stations to support increase low carbon travel across the region.

Building off the existing EV Road Trip itinerary, this project seeks to grow the network of EV charging infrastructure through installation of charging stations at key tourism assets that are municipally, Indigenous or non-profit owned. Strengthening the network will provide an opportunity for the up-and-coming EV consumer market to tour the region and access the many of the signature experiences including hot springs, golf courses, Nordic clubs, visitor centres, museums and campgrounds. This project will contribute to market diversification, namely attracting an urban market from BC and the Pacific Northwest, which will support the tourism region’s COVID recovery.

KRT and CEA will be funding and supporting the planning and installation of at least ten EV charging stations between 2021 and 2023.

An informational webinar was hosted on June 16th. Interested parties can watch the recording here.

The Expression of Interest intake is currently closed. Another intake will open in January 2022.


For more information, contact destinationEV@communityenergy.bc.ca 

Clean BC / Go Electric BC

Go Electric Home & Workplace Charger Rebates
Province of BC in partnership with Fortis BC & BC Hydro
As of December 4, 2020, for a limited time, condominiums, apartments and workplaces can apply for rebates of up to 50% (up to $4,000) per station, as well as five hours of free support services from an EV Charging Advisor.  Once the limited time offer expires, rebates will continue to be available of up to 50% (up to $2,000) per station.

Clean BC Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) and Commercial Vehicle Plot (CVP) Programs

News Release
Program website
To further support one of BC’s most impacted sectors, tourism companies, including restaurants and other hospitality businesses, are eligible for double the rebates and can access 66% of the cost of an eligible medium – or heavy-duty vehicle, such as a food delivery vehicle or shuttle bus, up to a maximum of $100,000 per vehicle.

B.C. PST rebate on select machinery and equipment

Program website
The B.C. PST Rebate on Select Machinery and Equipment is a temporary provincial sales tax (PST) program to help corporations recover from the financial impacts of COVID-19. The rebate acts like a refund but is separate from the existing PST Refund process. Under this temporary program, corporations can apply to receive an amount equal to the PST they paid between September 17, 2020 and September 30, 2021 on qualifying machinery and equipment (electric charging stations and zero emission vehicles are eligible purchases).