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Arctic Charge: Yukon highways nearly fully linked to charging network

Whitehorse, Yukon — In a move that has the potential to bust some myths about EV efficacy in Canada’s north, the Yukon government announced on Thursday that nearly all of the territory’s highways have been linked up to the electric vehicle charging network.

The territory has been rapidly expanding its EV charging network over the past year, and with this latest investment, supported in part by the federal government, seven more EV fast-chargers have been earmarked for installation over the coming months.

The introduction of fast-chargers to the communities of Teslin, Whitehorse, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Mayo and Dawson City will bring the Yukon’s total number of charging locations to 19.

“It is important that the Yukon has the green infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles and low-carbon transportation,” said Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker.

“By investing in fast electric vehicle chargers, we are in turn incentivizing Yukoners to purchase electric vehicles and creating a territory that supports the shift to renewables. Yukoners can now travel the entire Klondike Highway, the Silver Trail Highway and a large portion of the Alaska Highway in an electric vehicle with ease and the ability to find charging support along the way.”

In 2021 the territory government expanded the network from five chargers to 12.

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