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accelerate Kootenays

Let The EV Experience Take You Up!

Accelerate Kootenays is Canada's first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network. The 2-year, $1.5 million project was an initiative of the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary with support from Columbia Basin Trust, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Teck, the Province of BC, FortisBC, and BC Hydro. The project, facilitated by the Community Energy Association, created an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network so EV travel to and within the region is convenient and reliable. A detailed description of project partners can be found here.

*NEW* Accelerate Kootenays 2.0 Funding

Accelerate Kootenays was designed to lay the foundation for EV charging in the Kootenays and accelerate EV adoption so that other stakeholders could make the business case for further investment in EV infrastructure and programs.

Even though the original Acclerate Kootenays network was never designed to be "phase 1", we are thrilled to be able to fill in gaps and bring more diverse charging options to the region through new a new funding program.

The Accelerate Kootenays 2.0 funding program is intended to diversify the places and spaces where EV drivers can access charging. This program is therefore open to private businesses as well as public and non-profit organizations, local governments and Indigenous local governments.

Click here to learn more.

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Enhance Kootenay Tourism

Charging stations strategically located near shops, attractions, cafés, and restaurants will showcase Kootenay communities and offer visitors many convenient ways to enjoy an area.

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Connect Kootenay communities

With 13 Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Stations being installed on Highways 1, 3, and 95, travel to and within the Kootenays will be convenient and reliable.

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Leave more money in your wallet

Filling your car with electricity instead of gas can save you more than $1,200 a year…but that doesn’t even include savings on maintenance. Say goodbye to oil changes!

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Make dear mother nature happy

Breathe deep! More electric vehicles on Kootenay roads means less emissions from vehicle travel, helping our region meet climate action goals. 

Charging Station Map

40 Communities | 13 DCFC’s | 40 Level 2’s
1,870kms connected electric vehicle travel

The accelerate Kootenays charging network is a robust system that laid the foundation for connected, reliable travel to and within the Kootenay region. To learn about the charging station types and the modeling used to create the network, visit the History of Accelerate.

= DC Fast Charging (DCFC)      = Level 2 (L2)

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*Note: this map represents just the Accelerate Kootenays network and is not meant to be used as a travel planning tool. To plan EV travel, we suggest www.plugshare.com

EV Resources

The EV Experience!

Charging in BC & beyond

Rebates for buying an EV

All about EV technology

EmotiveBC is a campaign that raises awareness of plug-in electric vehicles in B.C. The campaign’s goal is to share with British Columbians how much FUN it is to drive an EV. #EVolveToElectric

Plugshare.com is the best source to find every charging station in Canada, USA, Europe and beyond! The site also allows users to post reviews and update a charging station's status.

The Province of BC's Clean Energy Vehicle Program and policies encourage and accelerate the adoption of EVs by providing cash rebates on your purchase of a new EV.

Plug In BC is your source for all things related to EVs and their related charging infrastructure. Visit PlugInBC for resources, research, facts and so much more. 

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Additional EV resources

Need more information about EVs? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions Page and the history of accelerate Kootenays. The following sites are a must to explore, too!

EmotiveBC - Emotive is a campaign and community aimed to raise awareness of plug-in electric vehicles in B.C.

PluginBC - A comprehensive resource co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro, this site has everything you need to learn about electric vehicles, charging infrastructure and resources specifically for BC residents.

Plugshare - This site has all the charging station in the BC, North America, and beyond, as well as photos and user comments for individual sites.  accelerate Kootenay stations will be added to this site as they are installed

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