BC funds training in electric vehicle infrastructure

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To support the expansion of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and increase sales of EVs the Province is providing $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations.

“If we’re going to get more people behind the wheel of an electric vehicle we have to expand our charging infrastructure to help overcome ‘range anxiety’ or the fear that an EV is going to run out of juice with no place to charge up,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines. “This funding for the EV infrastructure training program supports our efforts and investments to install more charging stations at residences, businesses and public locations around the province.”

The funding from the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program will be provided to EJTC Enterprises (E2Inc), a subsidiary of the Electrical Joint Training Committee, to subsidize course fees for participants in E2Inc’s electric vehicle infrastructure training program (EVITP).

The EVIPT helps to ensure quality and standardization of the installation of EV charging infrastructure and supports the development of the workforce in the EV sector.

All Red Seal certified electrical installers, inspectors and instructors are eligible for additional certification through the EVITP. Course participants gain a broad-based knowledge of EV operation and maintenance, best practices in the safe and cost-effective installation of EV infrastructure, industry terminology and leading-edge technologies, utility policy and integration, and applicable Canadian Electrical Code standards and requirements.

The training also includes information on the Province’s CEV Program so that electricians can raise customer awareness of incentives that are available for the purchase of EVs and installation of charging infrastructure.

British Columbia is a leader in clean-energy vehicles with the largest public charging infrastructure network in Canada and the second-highest per capita adoption of electric vehicles in Canada.

The Province introduced the CEV Program in 2011 and has since committed $25 million to make clean energy vehicles more affordable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The program offers point-of-sale purchase incentives and invests in charging infrastructure, outreach, research and training. Since 2011, the CEV Program has supported the purchase of more than 2,200 electric vehicles and the development of over 1,000 charging stations.

At the 2015 climate conference in Paris, France, British Columbia joined 13 other jurisdictions and signed on to the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance. Members of the alliance will strive to make all new passenger vehicles in their jurisdiction ZEVs by no later than 2050.

E2Inc is a Port Coquitlam-based training organization for the electrical sector, offering direct-to-client and train-the-trainer services at locations throughout British Columbia. The Electrical Joint Training Committee, E2Inc’s parent organization, is a partnership between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213, the Electrical Contractors Association of BC, and the Marine Employers. It has been designing and delivering electrical training programs for apprentice candidates and journeypersons for more than 100 years.

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