KD electric have been working to install the new EV charger points at the Visitor Information Centre (pictured) and at Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

KD electric have been working to install the new EV charger points at the Visitor Information Centre (pictured) and at Fernie City Hall. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie gears up with more EV charging points

There will be nine new points open around the community by December

Work to install electric vehicle chargers at Fernie’s City Hall is expected to be completed by December this year, with the chargers ready to use by then.

Part of a larger project to improve parking amenities at City Hall and at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), the project had been delayed by supply chain issues. Part of the project, such as the resurfacing of the two parking lots, were completed months ago, but the EV infrastructure portion was held up by industry-wide supply chain issues.

When completed, there will be four new chargers at Fernie’s VIC, along with another five at City Hall. The charger currently at City Hall will be removed once the new chargers are up and running.

The work is being carried out by Cranbrook-based company KD Electric, with funding coming from the provincial government under a grant stream that the city applied for in 2020. The funds for the EV chargers ($239,813 when allocated by the province) are part of a wider grant funding injection to tourism-dependant communities that clocked in at $5 million in early 2021.

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