New Brunswick unveils eCharge Network; Irving sports its first EV fast-charge station
By Anthony Capkun
July 18, 2017 – NB Power recently unveiled the eCharge Network: the province’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging network aimed at giving drivers “worry-free travel everywhere in the province”.
The network includes 15 locations along the province’s busiest highways where both fast-charge and Level 2 chargers will be available. In addition, nine Level 2 chargers are already located at participating municipalities and businesses throughout the province. The new locations will be installed by the end of 2017.
Meantime, NB Power and Irving Oil celebrated the commissioning of the first fast-charge station at the latter’s Big Stop in Lincoln. This installation is the first of seven fast-charge stations to be hosted at Irving Oil locations across the province (Aulac, Salisbury and Grand Falls [St. Andre], as well as Youngs Cove, Woodstock [Murray’s Irving], and Moncton [Magnetic Hill]).
Charging stations at Irving Oil sites will form part of a fast-charge corridor of stations located at 65-km intervals along the TransCanada Highway.
EV owners can sign up now to become members of the eCharge Network, where they can load credits to their account and locate charging stations across the province.
The fast-charge stations are made by AddÉnergie, and will be interoperable with the FLO Network. NB Power acknowledges the financial support of $500,000 from NRCan (Natural Resources Canada), enabling the purchase and installation of the fast-charge stations.
PHOTO: NB Power and Irving Oil celebrate the commissioning of the first fast-charge station at the Big Stop in Lincoln. From left: EV owner Tom McLean; NB Power director of product development Brad Wasson; Irving Oil director of retail operations Tyler McLaughlin; Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey. Photo courtesy NB Power.