Natural Resources Canada and the Government of British Columbia has announced $3m in funding for two stations in a hydrogen station network for British Columbia.

HTEC is building the network to support the initial rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles.

HTEC will receive $2m funding from Natural Resources Canada through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1m from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.

The funding is part of Canada’s $182.5m 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 centres.

The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.

“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 Joe Peschisolido, Member of Parliament for Steveston-Richmond East.

“Our CleanBC plan is making clean transportation more convenient, available and affordable for British Columbians,” said Bowinn Ma, Member of Legislative Assembly for North Vancouver-Lonsdale.

“By investing in clean energy infrastructure, we are making it easier for British Columbians to choose a zero-emission as their next purchase. Today’s announcement moves B.C. further forward towards building our hydrogen fuelling station network, putting this province on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy,” Ma continued.

“We couldn’t lead the rollout of Canada’s first network of hydrogen refuelling stations without strong partners in the federal and provincial governments. This investment in Canadian clean energy infrastructure supports the initial rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles in British Columbia while helping Canada meet its clean air and carbon emission reduction targets,” said Colin Armstrong, HTEC CEO.

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