August 14, 2017

NS Power bringing electric vehicle fast charging network to Nova Scotia

“Electric vehicles are the future of transportation,” Karen Hutt, President and CEO of NS Power, told the crowd at NS Power's headquarters in Halifax on August 2.

“We’re about to make it easier for Nova Scotians to own and drive an electric vehicle. I am delighted to share with you that Nova Scotia Power will be installing 12 fast charging electric vehicle stations across the province.”

Subject to approval from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, the fast chargers will be ready for use next spring, and will make Nova Scotia one of the few provinces to have a fully-connected network of fast charging stations. EV drivers will be able to travel from Yarmouth to Sydney without worrying about running out of a battery charge.

Right now, there are only two high speed chargers in Nova Scotia: one in Halifax and one in Truro. The new chargers will be installed along the province’s 100-series highways, at locations within one kilometre of the highway. The average charge time for these units is 15 to 30 minutes. Most existing public chargers in Nova Scotia take 3 to 8 hours, and home-based charging can take 12 to 24 hours for a full charge.

“As an EV driver, a long-time EV driver, I want to thank Nova Scotia Power for coming forward with this,” said David Swan, who participated in the announcement on behalf of Electric Mobility Canada. “All I can say is ‘Build it and we will come’… I want us to be technologically advanced and to move forward. Today is a big part of that."

Compared to gasoline or diesel engines, driving an electric vehicle in Nova Scotia reduces emissions by as much as 50 per cent. That will get even better as our electricity generation becomes even cleaner – we were 28% renewable generation last year, and we’ll be 40% renewable in 2020. EVs can save you as much as $1,500 per year in fuel costs, and even more on reduced maintenance.

“The electricity landscape is changing so rapidly, and we can either ignore these changes, or embrace them,” Karen said. “To us, the answer is an easy one. Our customers are at the heart of our business. So we’ll evolve, we’ll transform and we’ll do what it takes to best serve them, today and tomorrow. We believe embracing innovation now is a smart investment for our customers, the environment, and for the future generations of Nova Scotians.”

To learn more about electric vehicles Nova Scotia, visit www.nspower.ca/ev.

Mark your calendars

Join us on September 16, 10 AM to 2 PM, for our annual Electric Avenue event at 1223 Lower Water Street (NSP headquarters) parking lot, where you can check out a range of EVs and even take one for a test drive.

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