Prince Edward Island will soon receive a dozen more electric vehicle (EV) chargers after Summerside received approval for federal funding.
The City of Summerside partnered with five other Atlantic Canada communities last year to apply for funding from the Government of Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. More than a year later, the group received approval for $1,138,689.
“The City of Summerside is proud to be part of the Pan-Maritime Consortium for this innovative initiative. [We are] progressing to assist the country, along with municipally-owned electric utilities in Atlantic Canada to achieve its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets,” said Mayor Basil Stewart in a statement.
Summerside’s project will cost $250,000, with half of the money coming from the grant and the other half funded by the city. Initial plans last year called for 25 Level 2 charging stations to be installed, but that has now been scaled back to 12.
Summerside already has 30 EV charging stations around the city, but many are more than 10 years old.
Other cities to receive funding include City of Edmundston, the Village of Perth-Andover, the Town of Mahone Bay, the Town of Antigonish, and the Town of Berwick, all of which own their own utility companies.