Electric vehicles can now easily travel most of the Yukon’s highways

In 2021, the Government of Yukon installed seven new electric vehicle fast chargers in communities across the Yukon, expanding the territory’s existing electric vehicle-charging network from five chargers to 12.

Electric vehicles can now be fast charged in Teslin, Whitehorse, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing, Mayo and Dawson City. The fast chargers in Stewart Crossing and Watson Lake will be available for public use in the coming weeks.

In 2022, the Government of Yukon, in partnership with the Government of Canada, will be investing in an additional seven fast chargers to be installed across the territory. This will bring the total network of electric vehicle chargers in the Yukon to 19 by the end of the year. 

Investing in the Yukon’s roadways to support low carbon transportation, such as electric vehicles, is a Government of Yukon commitment under Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.

We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in the Yukon, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future, and help achieve our climate goals.

Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson

It is important that the Yukon has the green infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles and low-carbon transportation. By investing in fast electric vehicle chargers, we are in turn incentivizing Yukoners to purchase electric vehicles and creating a territory that supports the shift to renewables. Yukoners can now travel the entire Klondike Highway, the Silver Trail Highway and a large portion of the Alaska Highway in an electric vehicle with ease and the ability to find charging support along the way.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker

The rapidly growing fast charger network in the Yukon is helping support our broader transition to zero-emission transportation. This is one of the most significant ways we are reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, reducing our collective greenhouse gas emissions and meeting our targets and commitments in Our Clean Future.

Minister of Environment Nils Clarke

Quick facts 
  •  The Government of Yukon is implementing $1.56 million in fast chargers for electric vehicles across the Yukon over 10 years. 

  • The Government of Yukon is investing $970,000 and Natural Resources Canada is investing $595,000 from its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment initiative to install 14 fast chargers.

  • The first five existing fast chargers are located in Carcross, Haines Junction, Marsh Lake, and Whitehorse. 

  • This project supports Our Clean Future’s action T4 to have electric infrastructure available in all road accessible communities by 2027.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Brigitte Parker
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources
867-667-3183
brigitte.parker@yukon.ca

News release #: 
22-056