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Acadia University Unveils its First EV Fast Charger


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:33:00 PM

The Government of Canada is committed to building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create good jobs and support our natural resource sectors. This commitment will be more important than ever as we reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $50,000 investment to Acadia University to provide students, staff, local residents and visitors with more options to charge their vehicles by installing an electric vehicle (EV) charger on campus.

"We are providing greener options for Canadians to drive where they need to go. This is how we get to net zero by 2050."
- The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

This EV charger is one of the first fast-charging stations at a university campus in Atlantic Canada and supports Nova Scotia's objective of expanding EV charging infrastructure in the province. The EV charger is now available for public use.

Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI). The Town of Wolfville also collaborated on this project.

This investment supports the government's goal to have 100 percent of passenger vehicle sales being of zero-emission vehicles by 2040. It also builds on the recent commitments made in the Speech from the Throne to make zero-emission vehicles more affordable, while investing in more charging stations across the country.

The government has provided over $300 million to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers, as well as charging in more localized areas, such as apartment buildings, streets and workplaces. This investment 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. Federal funds also support the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies and the development of enabling codes and standards.

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

SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada