Last year, a group gathering for SVI Hollyhock initiated a bright idea that came together this February: a partnership to install a Dual Pedestal Electric Vehicle Charging Station at Hollyhock. With the collaboration and gusto of a multitude of individuals, now anyone with an electric vehicle can charge up at Hollyhock.
Hollyhock’s charging station connects to a growing network of over 500 stations for the public, which was developed by the Fraser Basin Council’s initiative, Plug In BC. Vancity‘s progressive funding facilitated Big Green Island Transportation to make this project happen.
The unit itself is a 240 Volt Dual Pedestal Electrical Vehicle Charging Station from Quebec company Add Energie Technologies. Add Energie is a member of the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, which aims to reach 1000 Stations, under the Province’s Clean Energy Vehicle Program.
Hollyhock’s own electric golf cart fleet, however, will continue to use their usual charge up stations for a lower voltage, so this initiative is really aimed at servicing guests and visitors to the Center. Hollyhock’s Sustainability Manager and Director of Wizards for Environmnetal Technologies Inc., John McQuaid, coordinated and supervised the installation of this project that is one more step towards Hollyhock’s Greening the Cortes Island Campus Plan and another reason on that long list for choosing an electric vehicle.