The Government of B.C. is partially funding 454 new electrical vehicle charging stations, which will be built by businesses, community groups and local governments across the province by March 2013.

The charging stations will go up at key locations like city halls, shopping centres and hotels, explained Environment Minister Terry Lake from the Brentwood Town Centre parking lot on Wednesday — one of 71 groups that have been approved for 75 per cent funding to install 286 electric fuelling stations.

"We're providing more accessibility for electric vehicle owners so that they can have the convenience of charging up at Brentwood Town Centre here in Burnaby and of course different locations across the province," said Lake.

The province is also distributing $182,416 among 12 local governments to help them choose locations for another 168 public charging stations.

In April, the Ministry of Environment announced a $2.7 million Community Charging Infrastructure Fund to promote the use of electric transportation.

The ministry says 210 electric vehicles have been sold or leased since the province introduced a $5,000 credit program last November. 

The 71 organizations to install the 286 level two charging stations and the number of charging stations to be installed are as follows:

  • Aava Whistler Hotel (Whistler)(2)
  • AdvantageHOPE (1)
  • Armstrong Regional Cooperative (Salmon Arm and Armstrong)(3)
  • Best Buy Canada (Burnaby) (2)
  • BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites (2)
  • Big Green Island (Vancouver)(2)
  • Capilano University (4)
  • City of Campbell River (5)
  • City of Castlegar (1)
  • City of Chilliwack (3)
  • City of Colwood (6)
  • City of Merritt (4)
  • City of New Westminster (5)
  • City of North Vancouver (10)
  • City of Pitt Meadows (2)
  • City of Port Moody (4)
  • City of Prince George (4)
  • City of Surrey (14)
  • City of Vernon (2)
  • City of Victoria (10)
  • Computrol Fuel Systems (Burnaby) (2)
  • Cowichan Valley Regional District (4)
  • CUBE Global Storage Ltd. (Victoria. Sidney) (4)
  • District of Highlands (2)
  • District of Invermere (3)
  • District of Maple Ridge (8)
  • District of Metchosin (2)
  • District of North Vancouver (1)
  • District of Oak Bay (2)
  • District of Saanich (12)
  • District of Sechelt (3)
  • District of Summerland (3)
  • District of Tofino (2)
  • District of West Vancouver (4)
  • Fired Up Ceramics (Victoria) (2)
  • Fraser Health Authority, Ridge Meadows Hospital (2)
  • Groundswell Network (Invermere) (1)
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge (Victoria) (2)
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge II Inc - Metropolis at Metrotown (Burnaby) (10)
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. - Woodgrove Centre (Nanaimo) (2)
  • Jamie's Whaling Station Ltd. (Tofino) (1)
  • Langara College (2)
  • Metro Vancouver (8)
  • Mott Electric GP (Burnaby) (2)
  • Okanagan College (Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Penticton) (10)
  • Pemberton Valley Lodge (2)
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler (6)
  • Rocky Mountain School District (Invermere) (1)
  • Royal Roads University (Colwood) (2)
  • Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council Society (2)
  • Shape Properties Corp. (Abbotsford, Nanaimo, Burnaby, Duncan, Port
  • Alberni) (14)
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District (2)
  • The Bunkhouse Campground Resort (Village of Queen Charlotte) (1)
  • The City of Richmond (10)
  • The City of White Rock (2)
  • The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan (1)
  • The University of British Columbia (10)
  • Thompson Rivers University (8)
  • Town of Ladysmith (3)
  • Town of Lake Cowichan (2)
  • Town of Osoyoos (2)
  • Town of Qualicum Beach (5)
  • Township of Langley (6)
  • TRU Williams Lake (2)
  • University of Northern British Columbia (2)
  • University of the Fraser Valley (8)
  • Vancity (Coquitlam) (1)
  • Vancouver Airport Authority (2)
  • Vancouver School Board (4)
  • VINCI Park Services (Canada) Inc. (Vancouver) (4)
  • WorkSafeBC (Richmond) (4)