The Stoney Nakoda First Nation is now home to the first EV charger installed on Alberta First Nations land.
The new EV chargers, located at the Bearspaw First Nation’s new travel centre along the Trans-Canada Highway, feature both a Level 2 charger and a Level 3 DC Fast charger. The units are owned and operated by ATCO, and were installed in partnership with the Peak to Prairies Project in Alberta.
With a budget of $2.2 million, the project’s purpose is to install a charging network across southern Alberta. The plan includes installation of 21 DC fast-chargers and Level 2 chargers to cover more than 1,100 kilometres of highway. There are currently 8 fast-chargers open along the Peak to Prairies network, with all 21 expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
This marks yet more investment in Canadian EV charging infrastructure. Electrify Canada has plans to install 32 fast chargers by the end of 2020, including many at Canadian Tire stores across Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador is also looking to install a number of chargers across the province. Then of course there’s Tesla, who has been on a bit of construction spree, with many opening recently, and several more under construction.
Featured image via CTV News courtesy Community Energy Association
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