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Canada invests in maritime electric vehicle network

Christian Fernsby |
Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $495,000 investment in Saint John Energy to help build 99 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers across the Maritimes to encourage increased adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

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Topics: CANADA   

The new level 2 chargers will provide residents with more options to charge their vehicles where they live, work and play, helping Canada to realize its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Additional contributors and site locations include the City of Edmundston, the Village of Perth-Andover, the Town of Mahone Bay, the Town of Antigonish, the Town of Berwick and the City of Summerside. With the federal funding, the total cost of the project is $1,138,689.

Federal funding for this investment is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP), which is supporting the government’s ambitious target to have all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada be zero-emission by 2040.

The government has provided over $600 million to help make EVs more affordable and to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers, as well as to support charging in more localized areas, such as retail stores, apartment buildings, on streets and at workplaces. This funding to date also includes establishing natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

The infrastructure resulting from these investments will ensure that people can drive and charge their vehicles across Canada. Funding will also support the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies as well as the development of enabling codes and standards.

These investments will be complemented by commitments included in the recent Fall Economic Statement, which proposes to further accelerate zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) uptake by providing an additional $150 million for ZEV infrastructure over the years, starting in 2021–22, and an additional $287 million in funding for vehicle purchase incentives that will make ZEVs more affordable for Canadians.

The government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help us achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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