Late last month, the Canadian government announced over $750,000 in funding for electric vehicle infrastructure in Calgary and Edmonton.
The initiative—made possible by a partnership between the federal government and private energy companies—will result in the installation of 44 electrical vehicle charging stations between the 2 cities.
In Calgary, the federal government will invest $100,000 and ENMAX Utilities will invest $125,ooo to install 20 chargers nearly LRT stations and recreational centres.
Edmonton, on the other hand, will see 24 chargers, a result of $110,000 in federal funding and $330,000 from EPCOR Utilities. These charging stations will be installed near recreational facilities.
All stations should be operational be the end of the year, and funding comes from the federal Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
The programme is limited to 50% of total project costs, up to a maximum of $5 million per project and up to a maximum of $2 million) per project for delivery organizations.
There are about 500 charging outlets at 224 stations within Alberta, as of this summer. Calgary has 59 of them, and Edmonton has 42.
Of the 224 stations in Alberta, 187 have been installed since the Trudeau government first took power in 2015, and 115 of them were installed while the UCP government has been in office.