Nova Scotia unveils its fast charging network
Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power’s parent-company, is funding the EV charging network which promotes the use of vehicles powered by cleaner energy and aligns with similar initiatives being implemented across Emera’s operating companies. The 12 EV fast-chargers are strategically located to enable EV drivers to travel across the province with ease. The location sites were selected based on a number of criteria including proximity to a 100-series highway, each located approximately 65 kilometres apart.
The 12 Level-3 fast chargers were constructed with funding support totaling $600,000 from Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.
About the network
- Nova Scotia Power’s EV fast-charging network addresses the lack of high-speed charging stations, which is a primary inhibitor to Nova Scotians adopting electric vehicles. This effort is part of a larger initiative to build a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations across Canada; natural gas refueling stations along key freight corridors; and hydrogen refueling stations in key metropolitan areas.
- The Level 3 fast-chargers charge an electric vehicle in 15-30 minutes, at a cost of $3.75 per 15-minute session.
- The charging stations are manufactured by AddEnergie, a North American leader in EV charging solutions, and are connected to AddEnergie’s FLO Network, Canada’s largest EV charging network. The FLO Network provides access to thousands of public charging stations from coast to coast, including those of its partner networks such as the eCharge Network (New Brunswick) and the Electric Circuit (Quebec).
- Using the free FLO mobile app, EV drivers can easily locate the charging stations, check their availability in real time, and pay for charging sessions.
- The network enables Nova Scotia Power to study the effects of electric vehicle fast chargers on the power system.
EMC members Nova Scotia Power and FLO are partners for this project. FLO was selected by Nova Scotia Power to provide the charging equipment and operate the stations, which will be part of the Canada-wide FLO Network that includes more than 4,500 charging locations around the country.