The Northwest Territories released a report that details the 22 potential sites for EV chargers in the territory. The 22 sites are a mix of level 2 and level 3 chargers.
The sites include suburban and rural charging that allow vehicles to move throughout the region with ease. The plan provides more rural locations with level 3 chargers, enabling drivers to charge quickly and get back on the road in under an hour. While level 2 chargers would suffice in suburban areas.
The NWT Department of Transport hopes to fund the project via Natural Resources Canada funding. The zero-emissions vehicle program provides governments and private companies funding to install EV infrastructure throughout Canada.
One major hurdle for the NWT government is off-the-grid locations. Several planned sites do not have grid access and need to rely on renewable energy to power the charger. Beam Global is said to be the potential solution with their solar EV station.
However, testing in Canada’s northern climate is necessary before selection.
The NWT government is planning a phased rollout of charging stations, starting with installation in 2021/22 for three of the proposed locations at Behchokǫ̀, Fort Providence Airport, and Enterprise. Confirmation on the other sites may come later in the fiscal year.