The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is providing Northland Utilities with up to $300,000 to support installing two public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charger stations in Yellowknife.
This investment in charging infrastructure will make buying EVs more viable for NWT residents, as it increases public access to this infrastructure and allows Northerners and visitors to charge EVs. This investment, combined with the recent announcement of a fast-charging station in Behchokǫ̀, are the first steps in establishing an EV charging corridor between Yellowknife and the Alberta border, as committed to under the 2030 Energy Strategy.
The two public fast-charger stations will consist of Level 3 chargers and will be the first fast-chargers installed in Yellowknife. One station will be located at the Northland Utilities office on 481 Range Lake Road. The other station will be located in the parking lot of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Both stations are expected to be completed and in use by March 31, 2023.
“The GNWT’s investment in EV charging infrastructure will empower NWT residents to purchase EVs. This will reduce residents’ carbon footprint, manage energy costs, and help the GNWT achieving its 2030 Energy Strategy objective of reducing GHG emissions from transportation by 10% per capita by 2030, and aid the North in taking action against climate change.”
- Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure
“Partnerships and collaboration are vital to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and achieving the cleaner energy future we envision for our communities. We are proud to support the GNWT in expanding the EV charging network in the Northwest Territories to ensure more Northerners have convenient access to reliable charging infrastructure, making short and long-distance travel easier across the territory.”
- Jay Massie, VP Northern Development & Indigenous Relations, Northland Utilities
- Level 3 chargers can fully charge an EV in approximately 30 minutes.
- Northland Utilities will be contributing $70,000 towards the project.
- A 2020 study commissioned by the GNWT estimated EVs could represent between 3% and 11% of cars in the NWT in 2030, annually decreasing emissions between 300 and 1,200 tonnes of CO2e.
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