The announcement to install fast chargers at 12 sites was made at a charging station in Elmsdale, “This network is so significant because it represents exactly what we’re focused on as a company: customer value, community partnership and powerful innovation,” said Karen Hutt, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power.
“The energy industry and, frankly, the entire world is changing so quickly and it’s our job to keep up with that, and we need to make sure that we’re ready for the future. We also need to make sure that we’re making investments that will sustain our province for generations to come,” she said.
“We know that Nova Scotians are interested in electric vehicles and what’s holding them back at this moment from buying one is the lack of infrastructure. So today is about removing that barrier and pushing forward towards a sustainable future for all Nova Scotians.”
Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power’s parent company, is funding the charging network along with contributions from the federal and provincial governments. NSP invested about $450,000, Hutt said. The 12 Level 3 fast chargers were constructed with funding totalling $600,000 from Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
The 12 fast chargers are spaced to enable electric vehicle drivers to travel across the province. The sites were selected based on criteria that included proximity to a 100-series highway, and the stations are roughly 65 kilometres apart.