Parks Canada and P.E.I. get 18 donated Tesla Destination Chargers

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Even though there are still no Superchargers on Price Edward Island (P.E.I.), Tesla owners now have more options to charge thanks to a donation from the automaker.

In September 2019 Tesla pledged to donate electric vehicle (EV) chargers for 50 different Parks Canada locations across the country, giving Canadians the opportunity to connect with nature while reducing their carbon footprint.

Earlier this summer Parks Canada announced there were 28 Parks Canada locations outfitted with 172 Tesla donated chargers. The announcement also included a pledge to have 38 Parks Canada places with EV chargers by the end of 2020.

That goal is closer to being met after 18 new Destination Chargers have been installed at 6 different Parks Canada places on P.E.I.

“The government of Canada and Parks Canada are endeavouring to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. One way to do that is to move from gasoline and diesel engines to electric vehicles,” Bill Courtney, Parks Canada asset manager for P.E.I. National Park told CBC News.

The gift isn’t just for Tesla owners, as all of the chargers also have a generic J1772 connector. Some of the chargers may not be accessible year-round as not all Parks Canada sites get plowed in the winter.

While Tesla donated the chargers, Parks Canada was responsible for the installation costs, estimated to be about $150,000 by Courtney.

You can find the new Tesla Destination Chargers at the following locations:

  • 2 at Ardgowan National Historic Site in Charlottetown.
  • 6 at Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish.
  • 6 in P.E.I. National Park at Brackley Beach.
  • 4 in P.E.I. National Park at Greenwich.