Funding Announced for Yukon EV Chargers

Funding Announced for Yukon EV Chargers
Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell. (Photo: lbagnell.liberal.ca)

MP Bagnell has announced funding for Yukon Electric Vehicle Chargers.

Canada’s climate plan has been making greener choices with our government supporting electric and alternative fuel vehicles that play a key role in a low-carbon future and funding the associated infrastructures.

Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell announced funding for a demonstration project of three electric vehicle (EV) stations that will study and encourage the uptake of EVs in Yukon and other cold climates. To support this, Natural Resources Canada has provided $212,000 to the Yukon government for the project through its Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration(EVID) program.

“Yukoners want real-world applications for today’s problems! These new electric vehicle chargers will provide key information as to how electric vehicles function in cold climates. Strategic investments such as these make it easier and more affordable for Yukoners to choose zero-emission vehicles for Yukon roads—improving air quality and cutting greenhouse gas emissions,” said MP Bagnell.

The funding is part of the government’s $182.5 million investment to:

  • develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for EVs;
  • establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres;
  • support the demonstration of innovative EV charging solutions in real-world applications; and
  • ensure Canada-U.S. alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refueling infrastructure.

Budget 2019 is also providing an additional $130 million in funding to expand this charging station network at workplaces, public parking spots, and commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.

The Honourable Ranj Pillai, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources said, “This electric vehicle project is the first of its kind in the North. The new fast-chargers we are installing will provide valuable data on how electric vehicles operate and perform in a cold climate—especially in winter months. This fact-based study may well alleviate concerns around operating an electric vehicle in the cold. If this technology works in Yukon, it can work anywhere in Canada.”

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