Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston–Richmond East, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced funding for two retail hydrogen refueling stations in the Lower Mainland. Natural Resources Canada is providing $2 million to HTEC (Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation) through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI).
The funding is part of Canada’s $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centers. This investment will also ensure Canada–U.S. alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refueling infrastructure.
The Government of British Columbia also contributed $1 million through its Clean Energy Vehicle Program as part of the province’s CleanBC plan to reduce pollution and meet its climate targets. CleanBC puts the province on a path to ensure that all new light-duty cars and trucks are zero-emission vehicles by the year 2040.
The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance the country’s green future and help reach domestic and international climate targets. Canada has set ambitious targets for sales of zero-emission vehicles: 10% of light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
“Our government continues to provide Canadians — including British Columbians — with cleaner travel and shipping options. We are making strategic investments to make it easier and more affordable for Canadians to choose zero-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles to reduce costs, improve air quality and cut pollution,” said Peschisolido.
Source: Natural Resources Canada