NB Power and Irving Oil have commissioned the province's first fast-charging station for electric vehicles at the Lincoln Irving Big Stop. Other charging stations are planned for Irving Oil locations in Aulac, Salisbury, Saint-André, Youngs Cove, Woodstock and Moncton.
Fast chargers can recharge the batteries of all-electric vehicles up to 80 per cent in about 30 minutes.
"We are proud to partner with NB Power in offering this technology to our customers," said Darren Gillis, Irving Oil's general manager of sales and marketing operations. "We are committed to continually evolving our business to better serve our customers and communities, and help put New Brunswick on the map for sustainable transportation solutions."
These charging stations will form part of a fast-charging corridor of stations located at 65-kilometre intervals along the Trans-Canada Highway. The corridor is part of NB Power's eCharge Network, a public charging program for electric vehicles. Owners of electric vehicles may sign up online to become members of the network, load credits to their account and locate charging stations across New Brunswick.
"We are pleased to welcome Irving Oil to the eCharge Network as host to seven of our fast-charging stations," said Gaëtan Thomas, president and CEO of NB Power. "Through our partnership with Irving Oil, electric vehicle drivers now have the option of charging up along New Brunswick's busiest highway with the convenience of a service station equipped with food, washrooms and other amenities."
Standard level-2 (240 volt) charging stations will also be installed for plug-in hybrid vehicles that cannot charge at fast-charging stations.
The charging stations are made in Canada by AddÉnergie and will be able to operate in conjunction with the FLO network, the largest charging network in Canada. The stations are also networked, or "smart," allowing for benefits such as:
- online dashboard and user-friendly interface
- usage history
- remote software updates
- 24-7 helpline and support
- real-time monitoring
- online and smart phone application displaying station locations and availabilities in real time
An investment of $500,000 from Natural Resources Canada will go towards purchasing and installing the charging stations.
"This fast-charging electric vehicle station demonstrates both Canada's and New Brunswick's commitment to the low-carbon transportation system of the future," said Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey. "Congratulations to all partners for making it easier for Canadians to choose cleaner transportation options, and for helping to advance our federal and provincial efforts to build a clean economy, create well-paying jobs, and realize our climate change goals."
DeCourcey attended for federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.