CHARLOTTETOWN, March 11, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's climate plan is working for our planet, and it is working for Canadians. Electric and alternative fuel vehicles play a key role in our low-carbon future. As Canadians continue to make greener choices, our government is delivering more options for them to drive where they need to go while reducing pollution.
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, Sean Casey, and Member of Parliament for Malpeque, Wayne Easter, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $300,000 investment to build six electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers across Prince Edward Island.
These fast chargers, built by the Government of Prince Edward Island were funded through Natural Resource Canada's Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI). They will be the first level 3 EV fast chargers on the Island. All six of the chargers are scheduled to open in late 2019.
The funding is part of our Government's $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for EVs and establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. This investment will also ensure Canada–U.S. alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.
The EVAFIDI program is also part of Canada's $180-billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that the transition to electric vehicles is a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. Our Government continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada's clean future and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.
"The construction of our island's first level 3 electric vehicle chargers is bringing cleaner transportation options to PEI. Our government will continue to work with municipal and provincial governments to support green infrastructure projects to encourage widespread adoption. Together, we are building Canada's clean energy future."
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
"Our Island's economy is growing, and we're updating our infrastructure to prepare for a greener, high-tech future."
Member of Parliament for Malpeque
"We are investing in the installation of six electric vehicle charging stations in locations across the province to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in the province and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From O'Leary to Summerside to Souris, charging stations will help meet the Government of Prince Edward Island's sustainable transportation and Climate Change Action Plan goals."
Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of Prince Edward Island
- Through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, our government is investing $96.4M to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast charging network for electric vehicles, natural gas stations along key freight corridors and stations for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles in metropolitan centres, $76.1M to support the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies as well as $10M for the development of binational (Canada and the United States) codes and standards for low-carbon vehicles and infrastructure.
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, our Government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- EVAFIDI Successful Applicants
- Go Green With Electric Vehicles
- Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator
- Electric Vehicle Innovation Demonstrations
- Investing in Canada Plan Project Map
SOURCE Natural Resources Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100, NRCan.media_relations-media_relations.RNCan@canada.ca; Vanessa Adams, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 343-543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca