This is a joint release with the Government of Canada.
The Government of Yukon and Natural Resources Canada are collaborating to support the installation of up to 200 Level-2 electric vehicle chargers across the Yukon. The project, valued at $2.15 million, will encourage the expansion of Level-2 electric vehicle chargers in public places, on streets, at multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces throughout the territory.
The Government of Yukon and Natural Resources Canada is investing a combined $1.8 million in funding and the remaining project value will be funded by the rebate participants, who pay a portion of the costs for installing the chargers.
Under the Good Energy rebate for electric vehicle chargers, the Government of Yukon is now reimbursing First Nations governments and municipalities 90 per cent of costs for qualifying Level-2 electric vehicle chargers. Businesses are being reimbursed by 75 per cent.
Electrifying 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. Investing in more charging stations, 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
We are excited to support the shift to electric vehicles. By increasing the availability of Level-2 electric vehicle chargers in our communities, we are incentivizing and making it easier for them to travel in our territory in a greener, more sustainable way.
Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources John Streicker
Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the Yukon. Encouraging the installation of electric vehicle chargers in the territory supports our broader transition to battery electric vehicles, which will reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions, improve our air quality and help protect our environment for future generations.
Minister of Environment Nils Clarke
Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program invested $1 million with the Government of Yukon adding $800,000 in funding.
The goal is to have 200 Level-2 chargers installed throughout the Yukon by March 2023.
The Government of Yukon has installed five electric vehicle fast chargers and four Level-2 chargers that are publicly available for use. The installation of an additional seven fast chargers is underway and expected to be complete by March 2022.
Types of chargers include: Level-1 is a common household outlet (120 volts) and charges a vehicle overnight; Level-2 is similar to a household outlet for ranges or clothes dryers (240 volts) and charges a vehicle in a few hours; and Level-3 (fast chargers) charges a vehicle in about 30 minutes (480 volts).