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Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Park Board has approved a proposal to build three combined electric vehicle charging stations and low-profile TELUS wireless sites in Vancouver’s West End – the first project of its kind in the world, as far as the partners involved are aware.

 

“If we want to keep growing our economy in Vancouver, we need smarter, innovative technology that meets our citizens’ needs – especially when it comes to the rising demand for wireless capability,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This partnership with TELUS demonstrates a creative and fiscally responsible way to provide infrastructure that supports both our economic and Greenest City goals, while providing better service for taxpayers."

 

“This project with the City and TELUS is a step toward creating a sustainable future,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Sarah Blyth. “It also supports two important Park Board goals—implementing green operations that reduce carbon dependency and acting on opportunities for innovative revenue creation.”

 

The three sites – a partnership between TELUS, the City of Vancouver and the Park Board - will provide electric vehicle charging sites and critical wireless capacity along the busy English Bay corridor in an attractive package complete with electric vehicle parking stalls and a bench for passers-by and people charging their cars. TELUS is investing about $1 million to build the sites, and expects to have the first one online late this year. There is no upfront cost to taxpayers.

 

“This project is a model for how a private communications carrier and municipal government can come together to meet both of their infrastructure needs while simultaneously meeting their shared commitment to sustainable business practices with a bit of creativity and can-do,” said Eros Spadotto, TELUS executive vice-president of Technology Strategy and Operations. “For TELUS, these sites will allow us to keep up with the rapidly-growing demand for wireless services in the area. Because Vancouver’s West End is such a densely populated neighbourhood it is also exactly where you want an electric vehicle charging station, making this a great combination.”

 

The Park Board held two open houses prior to last night’s vote, with more than 80 per cent of those who filled out a survey at the events supporting the proposal. If successful, this pilot project with three locations may lead to additional sites being built in the future.

 

This project reflects TELUS’ long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship. The company’s $750 million TELUS Garden development – the first office tower that will be LEED Platinum certified in North America – will also feature electric vehicle charging stations.

 

TELUS has invested more than $26 billion in technology and operations in B.C. since 2000, and is investing another $3 billion in the province over the next three years. That investment has brought some of the most advanced and extensive wireless networks in the world to residents and businesses in Vancouver, and across rural B.C. TELUS launched its 4G LTE wireless network in Vancouver and 14 other metropolitan centres in February, and by the end of this year will have extended it to more than four million British Columbians living in 20 communities – close to 90 per cent of the population.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

 

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Shawn Hall
TELUS Media Relations
604-697-8176
shawn.hall@telus.com

 

Joyce Courtney,
Communications Manager
Vancouver Park Board
(t) 604-257-8699 or (c) 604-861-4375
joyce.courtney@vancouver.ca

 

City of Vancouver
Corporate Communications
604.871.6336
media@vancouver.ca