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NS Power to install province-wide electric vehicle fast-charging network

NOVA SCOTIA POWER ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT IT IS MOVING AHEAD WITH PLANS TO INSTALL NOVA SCOTIA’S FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE FAST CHARGING NETWORK.

THIS SPRING, THE COMPANY – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA – WILL INSTALL A NETWORK OF 12 LEVEL 3 FAST CHARGERS FROM YARMOUTH TO SYDNEY MAKING IT A MORE VIABLE OPTION TO DRIVE AN ELETRIC VEHICLE IN NOVA SCOTIA.

FAST CHARGERS CAN CHARGE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE IN 15 TO 30 MINUTES. A LACK OF HIGH SPEED CHARGING STATIONS IS A PRIMARY INHIBITOR TO NOVA SCOTIANS ADOPTING ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

THIS PROJECT WILL ALSO ENABLE NOVA SCOTIA POWER TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON ITS POWER SYSTEM. PRESIDENT AND CEO KAREN HUTT SAID INSTALLATION OF THE FAST CHARGERS IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR OUR PROVINCE AS WE TRANSITION TO CLEANER ENERGY AND A LOW-CARBON FUTURE. SHE ALSO NOTED THE COMPANY IS FOCUSED ON ENABLING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS THAT MEET TODAY’S NEEDS AND THOSE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS.

THE HONOURABLE JIM CARR, MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE INSTALLATION OF THE FAST CHARGING NETWORK, WHICH WILL PROVIDE MORE TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR DRIVERS AND HELP CANADA MEET ITS CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS.

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IS AUGMENTING THE FAST CHARGING NETWORK BY INSTALLING AN ADDIITONAL 12 LEVEL 2 CHARGERS AT THE SAME LOCATIONS. THESE CHARGERS WILL PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES THAT ARE UNABLE TO CHARGE USING THE LEVEL 3 CHARGERS.

NOVA SCOTIA ENERGY MINISTER GEOFF MACLELLAN SAYS ELECTRIC VEHICLES HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BUILD ON THE PROVINCE’S SUCCESSES IN REDUCING EMISSIONS, AND THIS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMESTMENT WILL SUPPORT NOVA SCOTIANS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE CLEANER CHOICES.

SITE PARTNERS AND LOCATIONS OF THE CHARGING STATIONS ARE SET TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT MONTH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ELECTRIC VEHICLES VISIT WWW-NSPOWER-DOT-CA-SLASH-EV.

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Source: Media Release

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