Sparwood, B.C. – Teck Resources Limited (Teck), Portable Electric, and the Community Energy Association are pleased to announce the launch of Canada’s largest clean energy, mobile electric vehicle (EV) charger in the East Kootenays this summer.

Fully funded by Teck, the innovative mobile EV charger builds on previous, collaborative efforts to support EV adoption in the region including Accelerate Kootenays, an award-winning initiative responsible for the installation of 40 Level 2 and 13 DC Fast Chargers across the region. The mobile charger will provide an opportunity to deepen engagement with the public on the future of low-carbon transportation—including the applicability of battery and electric vehicle technology in cold weather and in rural communities.

In addition to powering EVs, the charger acts as an e-generator to power e-bikes, audio equipment, food trucks and more, and is an emissions-free power source. It will be available in multiple locations throughout the East Kootenays this summer including farmers markets, community events and local concerts. Following the initial deployment, the charger will operate in the broader region year-round. More information on the charger, including scheduling, will be available at communityenergy.ca.

For images of the charger, please click here.

Fast facts:

  • The mobile charger is the largest battery-electric mobile charger in Canada, in terms of battery capacity, with two Level 2, 7-kilowatt chargers capable of providing 75 km of range per hour (RPH) of charging to EVs.
  • It is able to charge multiple EVs simultaneously and be recharged in a number of innovative ways, including through an EV station or solar generation.
  • The mobile power system is completely silent, emissions-free, and can be used in sensitive nature areas and confined spaces. It comes mounted on a towable trailer; however, it can also be placed in a pickup truck or on a flatbed truck.
  • In addition to charging EVs, the mobile charger can power live events, farmer’s markets and film sets, and can be used for back-up power and to support power for wildfire response crews.

Quotes:
Jeff Hanman, Vice President, Sustainable Development, Coal, Teck –
“We are proud to partner with the Community Energy Association and Portable Electric to bring Canada’s largest mobile EV charger to the East Kootenays this summer. Teck is committed to supporting the global transition to a low-carbon future, including setting a goal to be carbon neutral across our operations by 2050.”

Mark Rabin, CEO & Founder, Portable Electric –
“We are excited to be a part of this collaboration to bring Canada’s largest mobile EV charger to the East Kootenays. Bringing electrification to these small BC communities, and engaging residents directly in creating low carbon transportation solutions shows leadership and provides a model for rural communities in North America. Portable Electric is surprised and humbled at the speed that the market for electric vehicles and clean infrastructure is evolving, and we feel strongly that initiatives like this will help bridge the gaps between connected grid infrastructure, ensuring that it’s not just big cities that will benefit from clean energy transportation.”

Megan Lohmann, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Community Energy Association –
“This project exemplifies the type of innovative leadership that is necessary to support our transition to a low carbon future. Leveraging the strengths of each of the partners, the mobile charger provides communities across the region with an opportunity to interact with emerging technology in a very tangible way. We are thrilled to support the Kootenays to continue to play a lead role in rural electric mobility initiatives.”

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About Teck
As one of Canada’s leading mining companies, Teck is committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, zinc, and steelmaking coal, as well as investments in energy assets. Copper, zinc and high-quality steelmaking coal are required for the transition to a low-carbon world. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Teck’s shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. Learn more about Teck at www.teck.com or follow @TeckResources.

About Portable Electric
Portable Electric (PE) is a Vancouver-based technology company and manufacturer of the VOLTstack e-Generator, a clean energy alternative to traditional gas and diesel generators. In the last five years, these power stations have quietly charged past idling gas and diesel generators to become an industry leader in sustainability with silent, emissions-free electric generators. From small, nimble units capable of navigating disaster relief sites, to powerful systems capable of powering a construction site or holding up a Hollywood film shoot, Portable Electric sits at the forefront of innovative mobile energy needs.

About Community Energy Association
Community Energy Association (CEA) is a member-based, non-profit organization working since 1995 at the community level to reduce emissions, conserve energy and progressively transition to a low carbon, resilient economy. As a non-profit society, all proceeds from our work go back to advancing community climate action solutions. As a trusted independent advisor to local governments, CEA facilitates coaching and education for individuals and institutions as well as researches, plans and implements climate solutions including electric vehicle charging networks. CEA’s 16 staff across B.C. have over 160 person-years of experience helping communities in collaboration with utilities and the province to advance climate action.

Media contacts:
Teck Media Contact:
Rory O’Connor
Manager Social Responsibility
rory.o’connor@teck.com

Community Energy Association Media Contact:
Danielle Wiess
Strategy & Collaboration Lead
(250) 469-6783 ext. 714
dwiess@communityenergy.bc.ca

Portable Electric Media Contact:
Lori McGrath
Media Relations Consultant
778-228-7716
media@portable-electric.com