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Next-generation EV charging networks in BC investment


An investment of over $1.7 million to British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to address barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption, has been announced by the Government of Canada.

Funding will go towards expansion of the EV Charging Network Management System developed by the BCIT’s smart microgrid applied research team. The team will demonstrate EV infrastructure solutions that improve interoperability issues, grid efficiencies and drivers’ charging experience.

“BCIT pioneered the concept of campuses as living labs of sustainability — such as the Smart Microgrid — as part of our unique education model to engage the community in solving real-world challenges,” said Kathy Kinloch, President, British Columbia Institute of Technology. “This investment further expands applied education opportunities for students and researchers to partner with industry in creating innovative and sustainable solutions that support the environmental, social and economic prosperity of our country.”

BCIT, along with FLO | AddÉnergie, the City of New Westminster, IBX Data Systems and Sun Country Highway, is also investing in the project, bringing the total funding amount over $4.1 million.

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“We want to thank NRCAN for its support and BCIT for their expert collaboration in this project demonstrating open communication technology for connected charging stations, something that will ensure long-term viability of the charging infrastructure we are building today,” said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO, FLO | AddÉnergie.