Electric vehicle charging stations in Yukon see limited use

The latest data from the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources shows the three DC fast chargers in the Yukon haven’t been used much since they opened in November last year.

According to the stats, the busiest of the three charging stations was the location in downtown Whitehorse. From November to September, a total of 288 charging sessions were recorded, an average of 26 sessions per month.

The next busiest was the station located to the south in Carcross at the Tagish First Nation Learning Centre. During the same 11-month period, it was used 220 times, for an average of 20 sessions per month.

At the bottom of the list was the fast charger at the Yukon Visitor Information Center in Whitehorse, which recorded just 39 charging sessions over the 11 months. In the month of April, it wasn’t used at all.

It also appears there were only a few electric vehicle drivers using the stations. Across all three locations, the data shows just 24 unique users plugging in.

Unsurprisingly, the more remote station in Carcross saw drivers charging their battery the most, on average adding 38% more energy.

The Yukon Government is already taking active steps to help boost these numbers. Earlier this month the territory’s new “Our Clean Future” plan was unveiled. As part of their goal to reduce overall emissions by 30% compared to 2010 levels, the government will offer rebates on the purchase of electric vehicles (EVs), electric snowmobiles, and e-bikes.

With the rebates they hope to increase the number of EVs in the territory to 6,000 by the year 2030, or one in every six vehicles.

For Tesla fans in the region, the Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) qualifies for the $5,000 incentive, which is retroactive to purchases made to November 14, 2019.

Source: CBC

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