Canada has unveiled a C$770,000 investment (US$568,000) plan to help Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro build 28 EV chargers across the province.

The Federal funding, which builds on the C$1.29m the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing in the project, is provided through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI) and the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Programme.

It will help Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro build an EV network along the Trans-Canada Highway, connecting the province’s capital, St. John’s, to Port aux Basques. Fourteen sites will feature a fast charger and a Level 2 charger. Construction of the first site is scheduled to start this summer.

These chargers represent a milestone, as Newfoundland and Labrador becomes the tenth and final Province/Territory to join the national EV network, which stretches across Canada.

The investment builds on commitments from both the Federal and Provincial governments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. It also supports the Government of Canada’s goal to reach its target of 100% of passenger zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.

To reach the target, the Government of Canada has provided more than C$300m to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast national network of fast chargers for electric vehicles, including charging stations at apartment buildings, public places and workplaces, as well as establishing natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.

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Support is also given for the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies, as well as the development of enabling codes and standards.

“Electrification of Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is a key energy priority, given that 98% of the Province’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2021,” said Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Natural Resources, Siobhan Coady.

“The development of the Province’s first electric vehicle fast-charging network will enable electric vehicle owners to travel long distances and will remove one of the largest barriers to domestic electric vehicle ownership.”