It’s good news for drivers of electric vehicles in the South Okanagan; two more charging stations have opened in Oliver and Osoyoos.
The two stations, located in Oliver and Osoyoos, are strategically placed to accommodate electric vehicle drivers using interior routes to travel between the U.S. and Canada, or southern routes to travel between B.C.’s eastern and western regions.
The project was a collaboration between the Osoyoos Indian Band and FortisBC, which has special significance. The new stations are the first publicly available DC fast-charging electric vehicle stations in a First Nation community in B.C.
Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band said the charging stations were a great match for the Osoyoos Indian Band.
“Hosting these two stations helps make our region accessible for electric vehicle drivers and reflects our forward thinking approach to economic development,” said Louie. “Through this positive partnership with FortisBC, we’re supporting clean transportation in our area and sustainable business growth. We’re pleased to contribute to this initiative.”
The Oliver station is located along Highway 97 in proximity to Senkulmen Enterprise Park, a growing economic hub. The Osoyoos station is located along Highway 3, in proximity to the Spirit Ridge Resort, and other popular destinations for visitors to the region.
The DC fast-charging stations are available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The stations also feature unique artwork, created by the Osoyoos Indian Band Youth Council and designed to represent Chief Salmon, one of the four Food Chiefs integral to the traditions of the Syilx/Okanagan Peoples. The artwork represents the connection between water and the creation of electricity in B.C., as well as the importance respecting the natural environment and being mindful of leaving a positive legacy for future generations.