First Provincially Connected EV Charging Network
With the burgeoning electrification of the transportation sector, NB Power quickly realized the potential impacts of this transformation on the way electricity is consumed by Canadians. New Brunswick became the first fully connected province with a smart electric vehicle fast charging network.
In 2017, NB Power officially launched the eCharge Network by developing a charging corridor of Level 3 DC fast chargers along the Trans-Canada highway at 65 km intervals in addition to standard level 2 charging stations at municipalities and businesses throughout the province. The corridor connects New Brunswick with the neighboring provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia, ensuring seamless charging for both residents and visitors with electric vehicles. Drivers can find available chargers close by and add credits to their eCharge Network app, making it easier to charge their vehicles and plan their travels around the province.
The eCharge Network supports New Brunswickers as they consider making the switch to EVs by tackling one of the most common barriers to adoption: range anxiety. With funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), NB Power developed two education and awareness campaigns to address range anxiety and other common barriers, such as cost of ownership and maintenance of electric vehicles.
NB Power has joined the movement of electrifying transportation and has replaced 50% of their entire light duty passenger fleet with electric vehicles. By establishing a network of smart public charging stations, NB Power is leading the charge by facilitating the growth of the electric vehicle market in New Brunswick and helping realize their vision of a more sustainable energy future for the province they’re proud to call home.