St. John’s, Newfoundland — On July 10, The Government of Canada announced a $770,000 investment to help Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro build 28 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the province—to support Canada’s transition to a clean energy future.
“Zero-emissions vehicles are part of Canada’s net-zero future. Our government is working to give people in our province greener options to get where they need to go,” said Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
The federal funding, which builds on the $1,289,400 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 Program.
It will help Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to 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 both a fast charger and a Level 2 charger.
“Hydro is focused on meeting customer needs today, while also planning ahead for future electricity needs in Newfoundland and Labrador. As the electric vehicle market continues to expand, we have listened to customers, and we’re excited to advance this initiative now, supporting a greener future for our province and providing clean, renewable, road-trip–ready energy for years to come,” said Jennifer Williams, president of Newfoundland Labrador Hydro.
Construction of the first site is scheduled to start this summer. These chargers represent an important milestone, as Newfoundland and Labrador becomes the tenth and final province to join the national EV network that stretches across Canada.