The Village of Keremeos is preparing to open up the village to in-province travellers as the province enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

The Village of Keremeos is preparing to open up the village to in-province travellers as the province enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Electric vehicle use continues to rise in Keremeos

August saw 147 vehicles for the peak of the year

Electric vehicle usage in the Similkameen continues to grow, at least for those visiting or driving through Keremeos.

Since the village’s electric charging station opened in 2015, it has charged 1,552 vehicles and saved 20,628 kilograms worth of CO2.

The first time the station was used was in November 2015, and since then has seen continual growth.

The yearly usage in 2020 was seven per cent higher than 2019, which saw a substantial 144 per cent increase compared to 2018.

The three most popular months at the charging station were July, August and September, the same as 2019.

August saw the most vehicles use the charging station, with 147 stopping in Keremeos to charge up. That is an increase of 36 per cent compared to 2019’s August peak.

2020 also saw a second month, July, with at least 120 uses of the charging station.

The Village of Keremeos has a contract with Greenlots by Zeco Systyms Inc. for the charging network, with Greenlots reimbursing the village for the electricity used by the station.

From 2016 to 2020, the village has received $8,219.95 from Greenlots.

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