First Fast-Charging EV Network Opens in Newfoundland
The first EV fast-charging network has started operations in Newfoundland and Labrador. The network includes 14 charging stations with Level 3 fast-chargers, landing nearly every 70 kilometres across the island, reports Tesla North.
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The fast-charging network runs on the Trans-Canada Highway from Port aux Basques to St. John’s, with another in Gros Morne National Park.
According to Jennifer Williams, the President and CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the lack of a network was previously a problem that stopped internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle owners from going electric.
Williams said, “The majority of people who were interested in EVs said one of the major barriers to them was indeed not having a fast-charging network that they could access.” Williams continued, “We really believe that this is going to help people cross over and become an EV owner.”
Earlier this year, Newfoundland and Labrador announced a $2,500 EV rebate program, which was the first of its kind for the province.